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The News Minute | November 30, 2014 | 8:35 am IST The BJP president Amit Shah on Saturday has reportedly asked the AP chief minister Chandrababu Naidu to consider a member from other states for the governing board of the Tirmala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), the independent trust which manages the Venkateswara temple in Tirupati, according to reports The TTD board comprises of 18 members and has been the exclusive domain of the AP government. However, the TDP, the ruling party in the state is facing pressure from its ally to include members from Maharashtra and Gujarat. Naidu is in a fix as there are over 200 aspirants for the posts. Tamil Nadu and Karnataka are already represented in the board every year and Telangana has to be accommodated this year along with the latest suggestions from the BJP president, a report in the Times of India adds. The Tirumala temple is the most visited place in the world with around 50,000 to one lakh pilgrims visiting it daily and it is also the richest temple in the world with a turnover of Rs 2401 crore in 2013. This gives the TTD Board members a lot of political power to influence policies. Naidu is expected to take a decision by the third week of December. Also Read: Brinda Karat asks if Tirupati devasthanam is underpaying workers, promoting casteism  Also read: Alleged Christian proselytisation atop Tirumala sparks controversy

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