BJP protest Jerusalem ad in Tirumala RTC bus tickets

BJP protested against advertisement of Jerusalem yatra and Haj pilgrimage on state owned APSRTC bus tickets in the temple town of Tirupati and demanded stern action against those responsible for this mischief. has sparked a row on Friday, compelling Andhra Pradesh government to order a probe.

State Endowments Minister Vellampalli Srinivas said some of the tickets of APSRTC that were supposed to be issued from Nellore depot have been diverted to Tirupati. He said instructions were given for strict action against the erring officials. “We will take action against all those who are purporting the vicious propaganda and trying to blame the state for such sensitive issues,” he added.

The minister said it was the previous TDP government which had given the contract for printing of religious material on the backside of the RTC bus tickets.

Condemning the incident, BJP demanded action against those responsible for what it calls hurting the sentiments of Hindus. BJP leaders and workers staged a protest at the office of the regional manager of APSRTC in Tirupati and raised slogans against the corporation officials. They said the sentiments of Hindus should be respected.

BJP national secretary Sunil Deodhar, who is also co-incharge of party affairs in the state, tweeted that the advertisement of Jerusalem yatra for Christians’ on Tirumala bus tickets is aunnecessary, unacceptable, communal and insult to Lord Balaji.’

“Is the new slogan of YSRCP Ravali Jesu, Kavali Jesu’?, he asked in an obvious reference to YSRCP’s poll slogan aRavali Jagan, Kavali Jagan’ (Jagan should come, we need Jagan). “If this continues, AP people will arrange a permanent family ticket for Jagan for Jerusalem,” he said, apparently referring to Jagan and his family’s recent visit to Jerusalem.

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