The Karnataka government has stopped providing assistance to mosques and madrassas in the state from the funds set aside for Hindu religious institutions. The order was issued by Kota Srinivasa Pujari, Minister of State for Hindu Religious Organisations, Endowments and Backward Class Welfare Department of Karnataka. The move comes amid strong protests from the Vishwa Hindu Parishad.
VHP leaders had applied to Srinivasa Pujari, alleging that temples and Hindu religious institutions were facing a crisis due to the use of the money for other purposes. Following this, it was decided to suspend the assistance provided. The minister has assured that from now on the money will be used only for Hindu religious institutions.
In the wake of the corona expansion, the Karnataka Hindu Religious Institutions and Charitable Endowment Department had donated money from the assistance to temple priests to maulvis in mosques and madrassas. However, the priests in temples did not receive enough help. Following the incident, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad came out in protest. The aid was given to 41 mullahs in the state.