Badrinath lotus motifs spark political row | India News – Times of India


DEHRADUN: Huge lotus motifs made of flowers were put up on outer walls of the Badrinath temple during the closing ceremony of the shrine on Saturday, stirring controversy. Opposition Congress accused BJP of “politicising a religious event” by using its party symbol and placing posters of PM Modi and CM Pushkar Singh Dhami.
Mathura Dutt Joshi, Congress VP (organisation), said, “Usually, one sees the swastika or the Ganesh symbol on the outer wall of the temple but this time, the lotus, which is BJP’s symbol, was used in a bid to send out a political message. Why was this done when the closing ceremony is a religious event, not a political one? This is nothing but BJP’s attempt to gain political mileage from a religious event.”
He pointed out that this was not the first occasion “when BJP has tried to give a political message through an important event”.
Reacting to the allegations, Ajendra Ajay, senior BJP member and chairman of Badri-Kedar Temple Committee, which oversees the shrine management, said, “It looks like Congress members are unaware that lotus is the ‘asan’ of goddess Lakshmi and is said to have originated from the navel of Lord Vishnu. So, what’s wrong if there are lotus motifs on Badrinath temple, a shrine dedicated to Lord Vishnu?”





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