Anantnag: In restive Pulwama, ruling Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) workers – wishing the return of displaced minority Hindu community – on Monday cleaned a temple and its surroundings.
Abandoned almost three decades ago, this ancient place of worship in Drusoo village of Pulwama district has since been protected by Muslims. The BJP workers said they were cleaning the premises as a part of “Swachta he Seva” mission.
The villagers were not very impressed by the move. They said that BJP workers were “unnecessarily” using places of worship to “propagate their brand of politics” in the area.
“It has been 28 years since the Pandits left and we have made sure that the temples remain protected. Now they come and make a mockery of the whole thing,” a villager said, while talking to Kashmir Reader.
Most of these temples are being taken care of by members of the majority Muslim community since Kashmiri Hindus fled the valley in 1990.
Stating that they were taking forward the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Swachta he Seva” program, half a dozen BJP workers reached Drusoo early morning and began cleaning the temple.
The workers started off with mowing down the lawn of the temple and then tidied the interiors, following up cleanliness with decoration of the temple. A DySP, Devendar Singh, lit candles inside the temple and promised the BJP workers that the temple will be taken due care of.
The workers maintained that Kashmiri Hindus were a part and parcel of the society. “It was our moral duty to bring them back into the valley,” said one of the workers.
District President of the BJP, Master Abdul Gani Bhat, said, “We will clean every corner of the country for it was our Prime Minister’s vision.”