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Court questions TTD on VIP darshan guidelines

Court questions TTD on VIP darshan guidelines

Court questions TTD on VIP darshan guidelines
July 12
13:11 2019

At last there is focus on VVIP darshan at Srivari temple of Tirumala considered most coveted privilege of big shots and has come under judicial scrutiny.

Following a petition by a devotee in the AP high court the TTD and AP government have been directed to submit all guidelines for segregation of L1,L2,L3 Darshan for those with recommendations of big wigs . L1 and L2 means just three feet from idol and TTD issued ₹500 tickets daily for 2000 to 3000 devotees of their choice.

TTD gave L1 tickets which comprises of few minutes at Lords idol with haratin to elected representatives, ias,ips officials etc .L2 darshan was just walking up to idol and moving out pushed by employees etc While thousands waited for hours and also days during festivals ,money and power gave privileges to rich and mighty persons .

There were no rigid guidelines and the Joint executive Officer Of Tirumala was the final authority .JEOs like Dharma Reddy and more recently KS Srinivasa Raju exploited their positions .TTD officials speak of how Dharma Reddy interviewed L1 ticket applicants and Raju issued such VIP tickets to his henchmen ( picked stringers and Dalala Of Tirumala) . Raju also fancied to be photographed with celebrities ( mostly women ) who came for darshan.

The court interventions in TTD affairs is nit a new thing.On the issue if archakas , Laddu and also gold ,Courts have issued strictures .But every ruling party exploited TTD as a golden goose to give jobs and free Darshana to their followers .More recently when ever TDP had launched program of sending devotees from each constituency for Balaji darshan and daily quota of 5000 such free guests were entertained by TTD, though cost was met by elected representatives.

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