Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao, who recently made offerings worth Rs 5 crore Gold ornaments Tirupati Balaji Temple from Tax Payer’s money, had drawn flak and dragged him to court.
Lubna Sarwath, an activist and AAP member has filed a petition in the Hyderabad High Court demanding the Chief Minister has to pay from his own pockets for such vows he made personally.
“I want to know who paid for the travel expenses of the officials and the chief minister’s family, who went with him for the ‘thanksgiving trip’ to Tirupati. We want a white paper with a list of all the expenses incurred from government funds in the form of offerings for religious purposes,” said Lubna Sarwath.
“The expenses for his family, relatives and ministers should be from their own pockets, and not from public money. Religion is a private affair and the state can’t spend public funds to fulfill his personal vows,” she added.
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The petition even quoted several Government Orders (GO) which also includes the ‘gifts’ and cash that KCR had sent to Ajmer Dargah using the funds of the Waqf Board and Minority Welfare Department.
“Around Rs 30 crore was spent on ‘Dawat-e-Iftar’ from the Minority Welfare Funds and Waqf funds. These funds should be used for the educational, health and housing needs of the poorer people of society,” says Lubna.
“The guidelines for the Common Good Fund, from which KCR funded the gold ornaments, say that the fund should mainly be used for the temples who do not get enough donation, for maintenance,” she adds.
Last week, KCR who visited to Tirupati offered Gold ornaments worth Rs 5 Crore to Lord Balaji, a nose-stud worth Rs 45,000 to Goddess Padmavathi at Tirupati, and Rs 60000 worth gold moustache to Lord Veerabhadra Swamy in Kuravi.
In April 2016 also KCR has offered gold ornaments worth Rs 5 crore, also from the state exchequer to Lord Venkateswara in Tirumala.
In december 2015, CM KCR conducted Aayutha Chandi Maha Yagam at his farm house in Erravalli village, Medak district and drawed a huge criticism.