The BJP state President Dr.Tamilisai Soundararajan demanded a judicial probe into the fire accident at the renowned Sri Meenakshi Sundareshwar temple at Madurai. She claimed that the 400 year old temple that was a heritage symbol survived the fire as it was built in the past.
However some stone sculptures suffered damage. She alleged that temples were being converted into commercial centres and that the HR and CE was not doing its job of protecting the temples. She requested the HR and CE department authorities to conduct a survey of all the temples and to step up security measures. Moreover temples should be regarded as places of worship and should not be converted into commercial centres.