Wednesday, June 15, 2005

BJP condemns church's move

Madurai, June 13: Former Union minister and BJP leader Pon Radhakrishnan today criticised the Catholic church for its attempts to convert a cemetery here into a Christian meditation hall and urged the officials to cancel the permission for it.

In a strongly worded statement, he said that corporation officials should not have permitted the conversion of the graveyard, housing the tombs of several great men of the Christian faith, into a meditation hall.

He pointed out that even a section of the Christians did not want the tombs of their forefathers to be demolished.

He warned of an agitation by BJP and Hindu organisations if the permission was not cancelled.

The corporation officials had demolished even 200-year-old temples in the city, though the High Court had ordered removal of encroachments, he alleged. (Agencies)