Janata Pary President Subramanian Swamy on Wednesday said that he would challenge in courts the Religious Endowment and Charitable Trust Act implemented in various states, saying governments had taken over temples’ management.

Only six per cent of the proceeds from temples were used for religious purposes and 94 per cent for other purposes, he told reporters here.

He alleged in Tamil Nadu, the State government had taken over 36,584 temples and had sold temple land to real estate dealers.

To a question on liquor baron Vijay Mallya, the Janata party working president, Mr. Swamy said Mr. Mallya had been busy with his business and not been active in the party of late but he continued to a member.

On tie-up with BJP, he said the JP had an alliance with it and added that it was imperative for them to come together to consolidate the Hindu vote bank to counter the vote bank politics of those trying to appease the minorities.