TIRUPATI:The newly constituted 18-member Tirumala Tirupati Devastanams Board (TTD) of Trustees headed by Chairman Chadalavada Krishna Murthy will take oath on May 2 at the temple at Tirumala.
The new board which was constituted on April 27 by the state government will have a tenure of only one year. It had been a practice that the TTD’s board tenure will be for a period of two years for decades.
Chadalavada Krishna Murthy, a TDP leader from Tirupati, was reportedly denied assembly ticket in the last general elections by party president N Chandrababu Naidu on the promise that he would be made TTD chairman if the party comes to power in the state. Accordingly, Naidu fulfilled his promise.
Prior to him, Congress MP Kanumuri Bapiraju, who was the Chairman for the TTD Board in the Congress regime continued for a few months even after TDP formed the government in the state.
Film director K Raghavendra Rao and Bharat Biotech joint MD Suchitra Ella made it to the new board. TDP MLAs Dola Balaveeranjaneya Swamy (Kondapi), Pilli Ananta Lakshmi (Kakinada), Putta Sudhakar Yadav (Mydukur), Kolla Lalitha Kumari (Srungavarapukota) (all from AP), and G Sayanna (Secunderabad Cantonment) and Sandra Venkata Veeraiah (Sattupalli), the legislators from Telangana, are the ones who made it to the TTD board.
Another new member A V Ramana is a TDP office-bearer at the NTR Trust Bhavan in Hyderabad. Pasupuleti Hariprasad, a doctor from Tirupati, reportedly made it to the board on the recommendation of Jana Sena chief and actor Pawan Kalyan.