A case has been filed against Andhra Pradesh’s Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) leader Budda Srikanth Reddy for forcibly entering into the temple, despite the ban due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as reported by ANI.
As per the Mahanandi Temple Administration’s complaint, Reddy reached the temple for darshan on Saturday evening. However, the temple authorities stopped him from entering the sanctum sanctorum for ‘Sparsa Darsan’ of the Almighty, due to the pandemic guidelines. This was followed by a war of words between him and the temple staff.
The BJP leader left the spot after being told by the temple authorities that they would not allow Sparsa Darsan without the permission of the executive officer, only to return in the evening. After reaching the temple for the second time, he removed his shirt as per temple rules and regulations and then entered the sanctum despite the objection of temple staff.
This led to a verbal wrangle between Srikanth Reddy and temple protocol inspector Surendranath Reddy, following which a case has been filed against the BJP leader for violating COVID-19 rules and regulations.
Meanwhile, the total number of coronavirus cases in Andhra Pradesh touched 5.67 lakh on Sunday, after about 46 lakh tests were conducted so far, with a positivity rate of 12.33%. The latest COVID bulletin said 10,031 patients had recovered from the infection in 24 hours ending 9 am on Sunday, while 9,536 more tested positive for the virus. The state recorded 66 more deaths, pushing the death toll to 4,912. A total of 4.67 lakh patients have recovered from the virus while 95,072 cases still remain active, the bulletin said.