No objection if statue of Christ is built with good cause, says CT Ravi


Team Udayavani, Dec 28, 2019, 2:27 PM IST

Bengaluru: In a shocking comment, Tourism minister CT Ravi said that he has no objection if the statue of Christ is built with a good cause.

Addressing presspersons CT Ravi backed Congress strongman DK Shivakumar on his decision to install a statue of Jesus Christ at Harobele and said, “I have no objection if the statue of Christ is built with a good cause. But it should not be used for politics.”

He further added, “We need to protect the basic features of Hinduism, which bats for the religious tolerance and worship of all the Gods.”

DK Shivakumar drew flak from most of the BJP leaders for sponsoring the construction of a 114-foot statue of Jesus Christ in his constituency, with the saffron party terming it as ‘appeasement politics’ to remain in the good books of that party high command.

The proposed 101-foot statue atop a 13-foot pedestal is coming up at Kapalibetta in Harobele village, a predominantly Christian locality.

Shivakumar had with his own funds, purchased 10 acres of land at Kapalibetta from the government for the trust that is constructing the statue, his office has said, while claiming it would be the tallest monolithic statue of Jesus in the world.

On December 25, he had laid the foundation at a prayer meet and handed over the title deed for the project,

Coming down heavily on Shivakumar, Rural Development Minister K S Eshwarappa said Congress leaders who opposed the construction of a temple for Lord Ram, who was born in India, were ready to fund construction of a statue of Jesus.

In a tweet, he, however, mentioned that Jesus Christ was born in the Vatican, instead of Bethlehem.

“To impress their leader, those in the Congress, who opposed the construction of a grand temple dedicated to Lord Ram, born in our holy country, are going to build from their own money a statue of Jesus, who was born in the Vatican, Eshwarappa tweeted.

“Even Siddaramaiah (Congress leader) cannot stop him (Shivakumar) from becoming KPCC President now,” he added.

Shivakumar is seen as one among the front runner for the post of KPCC President that was vacated by Dinesh Gundu Rao, considered Siddaramaiah’s confidant, after the party’s rout in the December 5 assembly bypolls.

Former Union Minister and BJP MP Ananth Kumar Hegde too took on Shivakumar on the issue and tweeted “Here is the Tihar returned great man who, for the sake of a position, is seeking to please the Italian woman by setting up a huge Jesus statue, thus displaying his gallantry.

It won’t be a surprise if more slaves within the Congress compete with each other to do appeasement politics.”

“The Italian woman gives importance to only those who have converted to Christianity.

Congress leaders should, at least now, introspect and reject the mindset of slavery in their party and come out,” he said in another tweet.

Another BJP MP from Mysuru, Partap Simha, questioned the motive behind installing the statue and demanded to know whether it was a scheme to convert Vokkaligas of Kanakapura.

In a tweet, he further asked Shivakumar whether he had forgotten seers of Mutts like Siddaganga, Suttur and Adichunchanagiri.

“Erecting the statue of Shivakumara swamiji (Siddaganga mutt) would have been like a crown on Kapali Betta- isn’t it?”.

Reacting to the criticism, Shivakumar said hundreds of Hindu temples has been built in his constituency and he was not doing it for any publicity.

The criticism against him was out of ‘jealousy’ towards his secular outlook, he said

“I had promised them (people) two years ago, asking them not to do anything on the government land. On Christmas day I handed over the title deed to them.

The erstwhile Congress-JD(S) coalition government had cleared the land.

He also said Anantkumar Hegde was “unemployed” and hence was making such comments.

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