HYDERABAD: The strong belief in vastu and numerology is common in political circles. New governments take oath of office on auspicious days and at the time chosen by astrologers. On assuming office, the ministers go on to choose their rooms in the Secretariat after taking into consideration the rooms’ history. They make changes to the details such as the wall paint, drapes and even reshuffle the furniture based on the directions of their spiritual gurus. Case in point: The east-facing direction, the dome shaped architecture and the number of floors in each block (six, since it is KCR’s lucky number) in the upcoming new Telangana Secretariat building planned on the lines of Karnataka’s Vidhan Soudha at the cost of Rs 150 crore.
Looks like Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is ready to go any extent when it comes to allaying his superstitious fears. KCR’s vastu fixation has previously drawn flak from the opposition. They’ve questioned why the state exchequer should bear the cost of KCR’s vastu preferences. KCR still chose to go ahead and shift the state’s secretariat to an entirely new location.
KCR’s vastu and numerology craze
The CM has in the past said that the existing secretariat was not “lucky” for him. Working from the existing building at Tank Bund he claimed has led to a lot of complications, thanks to ‘vastu defects’. The decision to shift the location to Erragadda in Hyderabad was taken after consulting astrologers and vastu experts.
KCR’s obsession with lucky numbers and vastu does just have to do with the secretariat building. Even during campaigning, he ensured that all vehicles in his convoy added up to ‘6’. He even got the colour of his vehicles changed from black to white.
He went on to win the election and become Chief Minister, and soon after his astrologers who he keeps in touch with constantly, advised him to make changes to the existing secretariat building as per ‘vastu’. But soon the ‘advisors’ were not convinced it was working and told the CM to shift to a new location altogether.
He was told that every chief minister had faced some hurdle or the other while operating from the current premises — NT Rama Rao was overthrown by Chandrabu Naidu, YS Rajasekhara Reddy of Congress defeated Naidu, and Reddy died in a helicopter crash.
It’s not just KCR, even Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa is also known to be an ardent follower of astrology.
Former Karnataka CM B S Yeddyurappa is yet another example. He had his name changed from Yeddiyurappa to Yeddyurappa following the advise from an astrologer. His temple visits before every major event were widely covered in the media during his days as chief minister.