Amid the ongoing row over the demolition of two mosques and a temple in Telangana Secretariat premises and Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao’s announcement to rebuild them, the Federation of Telugu Churches (FTC) has demanded the State Government also to construct a Church in the new complex.
According to the report
, while demolishing the existing structures last week, the authorities also razed the mosques and temple, evoking strong protests from both the communities and the opposition parties. The Chief Minister expressed his regret over the incident and promised that the government will rebuild them as part of the new complex.
Immediately after the announcement, the FTC wrote to the Chief Minister that from the beginning of the old Secretariat, Christian worship was held there.
“Every Wednesday during the lunch break, prayers were offered at first in the Association Hall of the K Block. Later in 2007, (then) Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy inaugurated the church hall in the large shed opposite the L Block, where church services are being offered till recently,” the FTC said.
It claimed that there was a long-pending demand with the Government for allotment of land in the Secretariat for a Church.
“Now that all these blocks are being demolished, we appeal to you to get a Church building constructed along with the construction of a temple and mosque which you have promised.
However, with this demand, several questions arise on how religious practices were permitted in Government premises by Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy.