Several Hindu nationalist organisations like Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) have come out on Monday against the proposed installation of a 114-foot high statue of Jesus Christ in Karnataka’s Ramanagara district on Monday.
The statue is being installed in the remote village of Harobele, with a majority Christian population, around 80 km away from the state capital Bengaluru.
According to members of the right-wing ideology, they are going to carry out a peaceful march as an objective to the installation.
“The installation of the Christ statue goes against communal harmony and encourages religious conversions carried out by Christian missionaries,” said RSS leader Kalladka Prabhakar Bhat.
Meanwhile, tens of hundreds of Hindu activists hit the street in the Kanakpura area of Bengaluru to oppose the statue.
Thousands attended “Save Kapali Betta” campaign by @hjvkar in Kanakapura (B’luru). Xtian missionaries are fraudulently claiming hill to build Christ Statue in a place dedicated to Lord Muneshwara. @RSSorg @BJP4Karnataka #Hindu jagruti.. #JaiShriRam pic.twitter.com/cIC7MkSUhK— Reddy Murali (@ReddyMurali6677) January 13, 2020
Land for the statue was allotted during the rule of the Janta Dal (Secular)-Indian National Congress coalition government. However, the BJP government headed by B.S. Yediyurappa has decided to review the project.