The Bhagyalaskhmi Devalaya Parirakshanan Samithi has decided to conduct Maha Aarti at Bhagylakshmi Temple at Charminar on Monday.
Addressing a press conference at Basheerbagh Press Club, Samithi's convener Dr Bhagwant Rao said that the Maha Aarti was being organised to protest against the City Police, which has denied them permission to conduct the festival of Goddess Bhagyalaxmi at the temple. Stating that the Andhra Pradesh High Court has not imposed any restrictions on the pooja and festival celebrations, he said that the City Police was misinterpreting the judgment by not allowing the devotees to perform pooja at the temple.
Dr Rao appealed to the people to attend the Maha Aarti at Bhagyalakshmi Temple by coming in rallies from their localities. When asked whether he got police permission for the rallies and Maha Aarti, he said no permission was required to organise a religious event in a temple. He accused the City Police of disrupting the Deepavali celebrations at the temple at the behest of Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen leaders.
He alleged that the MIM leaders were trying to disturb the peace and communal harmony in the city by inciting innocent Muslim youth. He said despite imposition of Section 144, MIM floor leader Akbaruddin Owaisi was gathering the youth at different places. Further, he alleged that the police was not taking action against them. He also accused a few cable channels of inciting communal feelings in the Old City.
Bhagyalakshmi Mandir Trust Board chairman Sashikahala, Ummadi Devalaya Committee chairman Shankar Goud, former MLA Baddam Bal Reddy, BJP GHMC floor leader Bangari Prakash floor leader and Congress corporator A Jitender were also present in the press conference. INN