Is Siddhivinayak Temple trustee Muslim & president of Tirupati Balaji Christian? False claim viral

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Recently, a claim has been making the rounds on social media that the trustee of Mumbai’s well-known Siddhivinayak Temple is a person named Salim, whereas the president of the Tirupati Balaji Mandir Samiti is Chandrashekhar Reddy, a Christian. Those circulating the claim are questioning why the trustees of Hindu locations of worship will not be Hindus. Twitter consumer ‘Pawan Pandey (Nationalist)’ tweeted the identical. (Archive link)

Twitter consumer Suresh Sharma additionally posted the claim.

A web page titled ‘Virat Hindu Samagam VHS‘ shared the message on Facebook.

It is being circulated widely across Facebook and Twitter, and was shared on a Facebook group called ‘We support Arnab Goswami sir‘.

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Fact-check

Siddhivinayak Temple

Aadesh Bhandekar is the Chairman of the Siddhivinayak Temple. There is no individual named Salim in the Board of Trustees, according to the temple’s web site. Bhandekar can also be related to the Shiv Sena. He contested the Maharashtra Assembly elections in 2009 from the Mahim constituency in Mumbai. Apart from this, he has labored as a Marathi actor.

Bhandekar informed The Lallantop, “No person named Salim is a trustee of the Board of the Siddhivinayak Temple. There is no Muslim member on our Board. This claim is completely fake. There never was a Muslim member on the Board of Trustees.”

Tirupati Balaji Temple

There is no one named ‘Chandrasekhar Reddy’ within the listing of trustees discovered on the website. YV Subba Reddy is the Chairman of the Tirupati Balaji Temple Board.

We found that the claim about Subba Reddy being a Christian was additionally circulated when he was made the Chairman of Tirupati Balaji Temple Board. On March 6, 2020, News18 reported, “When YV Subba Reddy was made Chairman of the Tirupati Temple by Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy, there were allegations that Subba Reddy was a Christian, and therefore could not be given this post. However, Subba Reddy denied this and later clarified that he was not a Christian.” The hypothesis round his non secular id started when he went to the prayer assembly of a church in Tangutur.

Madhu Kishwar, who is thought to unfold misinformation on social media, additionally shared the claim about Subba Reddy’s alleged Christian id in June 2019. Following this, he shared a screenshot of an article titled, “I have been a Hindu right from my birth: Subba Reddy”. Alt News had earlier revealed a fact-check report on the false claim by Kishwar.

The claim {that a} trustee of Siddhi Vinayak Temple is Muslim and the president of Tirupati Balaji Temple is Christian is totally false.

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