Triggering the already rife communal differences in the state, the Images of ration cards from Andhra Pradesh bearing an image of Jesus Christ found its way into the public sphere. After the Jerusalem ads on bus tickets for Tirumala devotees sparked a row, this has yet again cornered the Jagan-led government for alleged religious propaganda. The issue has now become a weapon for oppositions which started blaming Jagan and his team to hurt the Hindu religious sentiments.
While the Director of Civil Supplies, Consumer Affairs, Food & Civil Supplies Department, P Arun Babu blamed the dealer in East Godavari district’s Peddapuram mandal who has been printing pictures of random gods on the ration cards every year. “The dealer has printed the respective cards on his own, for identification purpose in his own village. The state government has nothing to do with the printing,” he added. In the wake, state BJP unit and Jana Sena Party chief Pawan Kalyan accusations on the state government of allowing religious conversions near Hindu temples, these pictures making rounds on social media are now adding fuel to the rife criticism, though Jagan responded to the repeated controversies surrounding his Christian faith, saying, “Humanity is my religion, and fulfilling promises is my caste.”