Cleansing of official systems will begin from TTD, says Andhra Pradesh CM

Naidu, who hails from Chittoor district, said his day commences with offering of prayers to Lord Venkateswara.
Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and his family members offered prayers at the Srivari temple in Tirumala on Thursday
Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and his family members offered prayers at the Srivari temple in Tirumala on Thursday Photo | Express

TIRUMALA : Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said the cleansing of governance will be started from the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD). “I will ensure that only Govinda Nama (the chant of Govinda) is heard on the sacred hillock,’’ he said while speaking to mediapersons for the first time after assuming charge.

Naidu, who reached Tirumala on Wednesday night after being sworn in as the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, had darshan of Lord Venkateswara, along with his wife Bhuvaneswari, son Lokesh, daughter-in-law Brahmani and grandson Devansh.

In his maiden visit to Tirumala after becoming the Chief Minister, he paid obeisance in the sanctum sanctorum of the temple. He reached the temple through Vaikuntham Queue Complex, and was welcomed by TTD JEOs Veerabrahmam and Goutami, and CVSO Narasimha Kishore at the Mahadwaram. Later, temple priests gave him the traditional Isthikapal Swagatam amidst Vedic hymns and Mangala Vaidyam.

After offering prayers in the sanctum sanctorum, Naidu was presented with Sesha Vastram and Theertha Prasadams, and later given Vedasirvachanam in Ranganayakula Mandapam.

Naidu alleged that the previous dispensation had failed to protect the sanctity of Tirumala as it had become a hub of ganja, liquor and non-vegetarian items. The previous regime had even commercialised the TTD. Instead of focusing on crowd management, it imposed restrictions on devotees, and started erecting curtains on the roads.

“Officials are still in a state of hangover,” he said, in a veiled warning to them to mend their ways. He also found fault with the manner in which some persons were nominated to the posts in the TTD by the previous regime. 

Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu gets a rousing welcome from people on his way to the State Secretariat in Velagapudi on Thursday I Prasant Madugula
Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu gets a rousing welcome from people on his way to the State Secretariat in Velagapudi on Thursday I Prasant MadugulaPhoto I Prasant Madugula

Tirumala should echo with chants of Govinda Nama: Naidu

Prasadam should be of high quality, rates should not be increased, and darshan tickets should not be sold in black market, he stressed.

“I want to commence cleansing the government with Tirumala by protecting its sanctity. I will strive to make Tirumala a must-visit place of pilgrimage for every Hindu devotee during his lifetime. Tirumala should echo with the divine chants of Govinda Nama,” he averred.

On other issues, Naidu opined that India will emerge as number one in the world by 2047 with Telugu people occupying a pride place in the achievement. “I prayed Lord Venkateswara to give me enough strength to build a ‘Zero Poverty State’ by reducing economic inequalities and establishing a developed State,’’ he said.

Naidu, who hails from Chittoor district, said his day commences with offering of prayers to Lord Venkateswara.

Recalling his childhood days, Naidu said he used to walk all the way from Srinivasa Mangapuram to Tirupati during his school and college days.

“Lord Venkateswara is our Kuladaivam, and all these years I have overcome all the struggles and challenges that I faced in my life, including the claymore mine attack, political assaults, etc. with the strength and courage provided to me with the benign blessings of Sri Venkateswara Swamy, and the unflinching support extended by my family members during the hard time, which I faced in the last five years,” he affirmed.

“The development of the State has seen a decline in the last five years, and there is every need to revamp the structure for which I sought the blessings of Sri Venkateswara,” the Chief Minister said, adding that completion of Polavaram project and Amaravati Capital are his priorities.

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