BJP promises a long-overdue step that should have been taken immediately after independence. It is incomprehensible why the NDA government did not do this when in power.
The Election Manifesto released today by BJP stresses on an important aspect and long time demand of Hindu devotees – to free Hindu temples from the clutches of “secular” politicians.
The BJP manifesto states:
The BJP shall ensure autonomous administration of Maths and Mandirs.These institutions have been the heart and hub of dharmic and cultural life and traditions of Indian society. Huge properties were offered to Maths and Mandirs by society for running their religio-cultural activities and service projects for the benefit of all. The management of such institutions should be freed from Government control and handed over to autonomous bodies constituted by the followers and devotees of those seats. Necessary legal framework will be provided for this purpose. All dharmic activities will be considered as ‘charity’ with appropriate tax incentives. A special cell will be created to make dharmic organisations’ interface with government agencies hassle-free. A National Mission for beautifying and improving the infrastructure and amenities at pilgrimage centres of all faiths will be launched.