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Islamic varsity- AP govt gave nod on 3-8-2010


tiruToday everyone in the Andhra Pradesh government is in denial when asked about the permission granted to construct the Heera Islamic University at the temple town of Tirupathi. Looking into the documents in this regard the picture is clear that official permission to construct a building on a temple pond land at Tirupathi was granted by the Andhra Pradesh government on March 8 2010.

Bhanuprakash Reddy, who is the BJP’s spokesperson in Andhra Pradesh who has taken up the cause to stop the Islamic University tells rediff.com in this interview that it is a mischief on part of the state government. Permission was granted on March 8 2010 for a construction to be put up by the Heera Group on survey number 4-2 A/1 B.

While looking at the government’s order of March 8 there are two direct violations that can be found. Firstly it is against a Supreme Court order which clearly states that temple pond land a part of which has been used for the construction cannot be granted for any sort of construction. Secondly while granting permission the order made it clear that only a ground floor and a floor above that can be put up. However today the construction is 6 floors and how has this escaped the eye of the authorities who are today conveniently claiming that no permission was granted.

The lady Nowhera Shaikh who is putting up this Islamic university is shady. There is no proper antecedents of hers which have been mentioned. In fact Assad Owaisi of the MIM had filed a complaint against her in the year 2012. The complaint against the Managing Director of Nowhera Shaikh stated that she was cheating people on a large scale by inviting investments for her company. This case today is with the Enforcement Directorate and needs to be probed properly so that we can blow the lid of this lady who is setting up a university illegally. Moreover we also have a record to show that a counter intelligence teams report from Tirupathi had stated in the year 2007 itself that she is a suspicious character and need to be kept on the watch.

We will ensure that this university does not come up. We are taking the help of historians and archaeologists who will prove beyond reasonable doubt that the university is coming up on a land which originally housed a Vishnu temple (Thimappa temple). We are not against the minorities but such things are totally uncalled for and are aimed at disrupting peace.

Let us understand that there is no huge Muslim population in this area and hence there is no meaning of such a university. The temple falls under Chitoor district which only has 9 per cent of Muslims when compared to 44 per cent in Hyderabad. Does such a university have any meaning? Is the intention not something else which is aimed at disrupting peace? There are intelligence report which suggest that Tirupathi is already under the radar or terrorists. Is such a development required at this stage? We want to demand that there should be no construction allowed in a 50 kilometre radius of the temple premises.

Ram Madhav adds- The senior RSS leader who is a member of the national executive says that the university should not come up. There are bound to be protests and we hope better sense prevails and the same does not come up. We are confident that the construction commenced only after a government order. Looking at it from every possible angle it makes no sense to have a university out there. It is nothing but an act of mischief to disrupt the peaceful co-existence of the people. They could have chosen Hyderabad for such a university. Why Tirupathi which is a Hindu town housing one of the holiest Hindu shrines?

It is an attempt to flex their muscle and provocate. But then this leads to nothing good. Tirupathi at the end of it is a holy shrine and considered sacred irrespective of religion. Mecca is a sacred place for the Muslims. They would not like the idea of a construction coming up over there. Believe me none of us would ever do that as we respect religious sentiments.

(This story first appeared on rediff.com)

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  1. […] up over there. Believe me none of us would ever do that as we respect religious sentiments. – Vicky Nanjappa Blog, 22 October […]

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