The Tirumala Tirupati Pavitrata Samrakshana Vedika has given a call to stage dharna at the Tirupati Urban Development Authority (TUDA) office in Tirupati on December 20, opposing the setting up of Islamic University near world famous pilgrimage city Tirupati. Various Hindu seers and Swamijis, besides thousands of Hindu activists from across the state of Andhra Pradesh as well as Karnataka and Tamil Nadu will participate in this protest.
Various Hindu organisations which have been opposing the setting up of Islamic, have decided to fight against the university under the banner of Tirumala Tirupati Pavitrata Samrakshana Vedika.
The vedika has expressed strong reservations against the Islamic university, which has been built on land belonging to a centuries old temple. It has alleged that the university at Tondavada was constructed illegally and the district collector even ordered demolition of unauthorised floors on November 17.
President of the Vedika Sri Shiva Swamyji deplored that the officials concerned have not taken any action to demolish the illegal floors even after 10 days of the orders of the collector. "We will meet Tirupati revenue divisional officer on November 30 and submit a memorandum," he said.
Vedika's treasurer and Hindu Janajagarana Samithi leader Chetan Janardhan said they would continue their protests against the university apart from bringing pressure on the officials to demolish the illegal floors. "The land on which the university is coming up belongs to a Hindu temple and the temple land was encroached. We will not allow the Islamic University at a place like Tirupati considered pious by the Hindus," said Chetan Janardhan.