AP Govt yields to public demand, stalls TTD’s decision to sell-off lands

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TTD Board Members nominated from Telangana - File Photo

Irked at the spate of public outcry against the Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam (TTD) Board’s decision to sell off its unused lands, the YSRCP government in Andhra Pradesh has stalled the proceedings of the TTD Board to this effect ordering it stop it forthwith.

The government order GO No.888 stated that the resolution adopted by the TTD on January 30, 2016, has been stopped forthwith following the huge public outcry erupted against its decision to sell off what it termed ‘unused lands’. The order also advised TTD to reconsider its decision of selling lands respecting the sentiments of the people and seek to advise of religious heads, devotees and dharma pracharaks (seers).

The Government also ordered the TTD Executive Officer to submit a detailed report on it. Earlier in the day, the Chairman of TTD YV Subba Reddy announced that the issue had been misinterpreted as the selling of lands in TTD was a routine practise since 1975 and released the list of lands sold by the erstwhile committees. However, he added that there was only a discussion took place in the Board Meeting and not no decision was taken yet to this effect.

The Chairman’s explanation came following a huge outcry by various sections including YSRCP MP Raghurama Krishnam Raju took serious exception at the TTD’s decision saying it’s not correct and demanded to desist from selling TTD lands. Similarly, former Chief Secretary Krishna Rao, BJP chief Lakshmi Narayana, Janasena leader Pawan Kalyan, Visakha seer Bharati Theertananda Swamy and last but not the least TTD leaders. BJP even threatened to launch a public agitation while a devotee identified as Raghava Charyulu in Patancheru in Hyderabad resorted to hunger strike denouncing the TTD’s decision to sell the lands.