Hyderabad, Feb 22: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao, who has been in the news for splurging the taxpayer’s money on religious places and images, has done it again. KCR on Wednesday offered gold worth Rs 5.5 crore at the Tirumala Temple in Tirupati. Reports say the jewellery offered by KCR includes a huge necklace made of almost 15 kg gold.
Besides the necklace, he also offered laddus made of gold and a nose-stud at the Tirumala temple. He was accompanied by ministers from the Telangana Cabinet as well as his family at the temple. A report on NDTV says that the Telangana Chief Minister will also offer a moustache of pure gold to the Veerabhadraswamy temple at Kuravi as part of his thanksgiving to god.
After offering gold ornaments at the Tirumala Temple, KCR also said that he prayed for a good position in the country for the people of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
This is not the first time that KCR has splurged crores of taxpayer’s money. As part of thanksgiving journeys in October 2016, KCR had presented a 12 kg gold crown worth Rs 3.5 crore to Goddess Bhadrakali at Warangal. The Telangana government commissioned a Hyderabad jeweller to make the crown.
The Telangana government has been spending crores on KCR’s thanksgiving ever since the state was formed and he was appointed Chief Minister in 2014. A committee of three members was also set up to oversee the making of the ornaments offered during these thanksgiving journeys.
In December 2015, there was controversy over a five-day long puja performed by KCR. Reports said that KCR had spent Rs 7 crore of taxpayer’s money on the five-day long Ayutha Chandi Maha Yagam, even as the state was struggling with an acute agricultural crisis.
KCR was also in the news for spending crores on his mansion. Reports stated that the Telangana Chief Minister had spent crores of the tax payer’s money on bulletproof fittings for his house in Begumpet.
Meanwhile, earlier this week, K Chandrasekhar Rao had also told his ministers to recover arrears pertaining to the schemes implemented by their respective departments from the Centre. The Telangana Chief Minister had said said that the state was yet to receive nearly Rs 1,100 crore from the Centre to implement Centrally sponsored schemes.