Tirumala Tirupati Pavitratha Samrakshana Vedika has announced to organise ‘Hindu Garjana’ at Indira grounds in the city on December 20 opposing the construction of an Islamic University by the Heera group at Thondavada.
After voicing its concern in the past that the establishment of such an institution in the sacred Hindu shrine could lead to social disharmony in future, the Samithi got down to mobilising community support. It was on Wednesday that a signature campaign was taken up to gauge the public mood in and around the city over the issue and garner support. The other major issue that is expected to take centre stage at the Garjana is the continuance of proselytisation of alien faiths, though they are strictly prohibited, in and around Tirupati. Vedika president Sri Siva Swamy, spokesperson A. Krishna Kishore among others released posters and publicity graffiti at Ramachandra Pushkarini here on Thursday, to create public awareness on the forthcoming event. “Through this Garjana, we intend to warn the government that we will not tolerate indifference,” said Siva Swamy, referring to the non-implementation of the Collector’s order to demolish unapproved structure housing the Islamic varsity.
He saw ‘overwhelming public support’ to the movement as holding the key to address issues like terrorist threat to Tirumala/Tirupati and blatant poaching by alien faiths.