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KCR accorded tumultuous welcome on his maiden visit to Tirupati

25 February 2017

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao will make offerings worth Rs 5.6 crore in ornaments at the Tirumala Temple in Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday, NDTV reported.

Soon after having darshan, KCR spoke to media and said, "I have offered prayers for well-being and fast development of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana" and while thanking chairman, EO and board members, he said, 'we (Telangana government) will support all the devotional activities done by TTD in our state'.

After offering worship to the presiding deity (Lord Venkateswara) this morning, the Telangana Chief Minister handed over a golden garland studded with fossilised shells called "Shaligram Haram" and a multi-layer gold necklace called "Makhara Kantabharanam", totally weighing about 19 kg and worth about Rs 5 crore to the temple Executive Officer, D Sambasiva Rao this morning, temple sources told PTI.

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While tight security arrangements were made for the Chief Minister's visit, the temple town of Tirupati was virtually painted pink with flags, buntings, flexes, hoardings and welcome arches put up by various organizations, including Telugu associations from the neighboring Tamil Nadu. Rao along with his wife Shobha, daughter Kavita and other members of the family were given Vedasirvachanam by Vedic pundits.

The opposition has criticised the CM for spending such an exorbitant amount, with many questioning if it was right to spend the public's money for a personal vow. Moreover, it is not in the capacity of the head of a secular country to make public money available to any religious institution. "How would KCR have fulfilled his vow had he not become the chief minister?"

It is interesting to note that the Telangana unit of the TDP stayed relatively quiet, as Andhra ministers and senior TDP leaders approved of KCR's move. Later this week, he will reportedly present a moustache of pure gold at the Veerabhadraswamy Temple in Kuravi.

KCR accorded tumultuous welcome on his maiden visit to Tirupati