Actor-politician and Jana Sena party chief Pawan Kalyan on Tuesday hit out at Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu and said that he would meet the same fate as Tirumala temple chief priest AV Ramana Deekshithu.
Deekshithu was recently in the news after he made major allegations against the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) and the TDP. He was later sacked by TTD authorities on grounds that he exceeded the retirement age limit of 65.
Taking a dig at the move, Pawan Kalyan said that similarly, the people of Andhra would ensure that Naidu retired.
"Chandrababu Naidu who made Tirumala temple chief priest AV Ramana Deekshithu retire citing his age, will be made to retire by the people shortly. He can happily go home and take rest. Why is the Chief Minister focusing only on Amaravati? Does he treat it as a mini-state? He should not forget that focusing on only a few will lead to heartburn among others and sow the seeds of separatist sentiments. Chief Ministerâ€™s affection is centred only on Krishna and not Srikakulam,â€ť Pawan was quoted as saying.
The Jana Sena chief was addressing a gathering in Srikaluam district on Tuesday as part of his 'Praja Porata Yatra'.
The tour will see a mix of walkathons (padayatra), public meetings and road shows.
Pawan said the aim of this yatra is to highlight the issue of Special Category Status (SCS) to Andhra Pradesh and also to highlight the several promises made by the Centre during the stateâ€™s bifurcation.
On May 15, Deekshithulu along with few other priests, convened a press meet in Chennai, and made shocking allegations that the TTD authorities were corrupt and that several ornaments belonging to the temple, particularly old jewellery, were missing.
Claiming that the activities of the TTD authorities were fishy and non-transparent. He had demanded for an open audit on the ornaments and donations received by the temple. He also asked for a high-level probe into the alleged financial irregularities.
Even after being sacked, the former chief priest, alleged that a pink diamond from the temple belonging to Lord Venkateshwara was auctioned in Geneva.
Deekshithulu further demanded a CBI inquiry into the incident and also demanded the TTD to be brought under the ambit of Right to Information Act.