In an act that reminds one of the era of kings, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao (KCR) donated gold worth crores at Triupati.
In an act that reminds one of the era of kings, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao (KCR) donated gold worth crores at the Venkateswara Swamy Temple, which is also known as the Tirupati temple, in Andhra Pradesh. Rao’s act, however, has not gone down well with the opposition leaders of the state who have accused the CM of wasting public money to fulfill his personal wishes. The opposition’s claim is right. Reason: In a democracy, no leader has the right to use public money for fulfilling personal wishes.
According to reports, Rao offered gold worth Rs 5 crore to Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala hills and Goddess Padmavati at Tiruchanoor near Tirupati. He had reached Tirupati on a two-day thanksgiving trip along with his wife, family members, and several state ministers.
A PTI report said that KCR offered a golden ‘Saligrama’ necklace and a Kante’ with five rows to the lord on the behalf of Telangana government. Besides, he also presented a nose stud to the presiding deity Padmavati Ammavaru at Tiruchanoor temple. Earlier, Row had vowed to make donations to the Gods of several famous temples following the realisation of a separate state of Telangana.
There wouldn’t have been any controversy if Rao had made these donations in his personal capacity. But doing that with state’s money is simply wrong. Telangana is a newly formed state with several governance and development issues that need to be taken care of as soon as possible. However, by donating public funds to the temples, Rao has belied the oath he took for becoming the Chief Minister of the state. One can say that Rs 5 crore is too less amount if the entire state budget is taken into consideration. Even then, Rs 5 crore is not little money from the common man’s perspective. Secondly, Telangana is part of secular India. If the state makes a donation to deities of one religion, then it sends a wrong signal to members of other religious communities in the state. Rao has just done that.
Money or gold donated to temples, or any other religious institution, are not used for the welfare of the common man but end up making the temple administration rich. Gods don’t need gold or money. KCR should have avoided such embarrassment. He must fix his priorities first. Should he make donations to Gods or the poor people, who are considered to the real face of Gods on the Earth?