Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has stoked controversy again as he is all set to make an offering of a nose stud to the presiding diety at the Kanaka Durga Goddess temple in Vijayawada on Thursday.
Before the state of Andhra Pradesh was bifurcated, KCR had vowed that he would present gold ornaments to various gods and goddesses after the state of Telangana was carved out.
The Chief Minister's office said that KCR and his family will visit the temple at 11:30 am, and fulfill the vows on 'behalf of the Telangana government'.
Last year in February, unfazed by criticism, KCR continued his 'holy' tour to appease the gods by presenting a gold moustache to Lord Veerabhadra Swamy in Telangana's Mahbubabad district. The gold moustache cost taxpayers more than Rs. 60,000.
He also offered gold ornaments worth Rs 5 crore to Lord Balaji atop Tirumala, all paid for by the state exchequer.
The chief minister, along with his family members, ministers and top officials arrived via two special aircrafts for the 'thanksgiving' trip to the Tirumala temple, where he presented the ornaments.
It was also reported that the CM approved Rs 5.59 crore from the Common Good Fund (CGF) of the Endowments Department to make gold ornaments for gods. A sum of Rs 59 lakh was earmarked for other deities.
In October 2016, he presented a 11.7 kg gold crown that was worth over Rs. 3 crore to Goddess Bhadrakali at Warangal, during the nine-day Dasara festival.
In December 2015, the chief minister drew flak from several quarters after he conducted a 'Ayutha Chandi Maha Yagam,' to please the gods, even as the state was reeling under a severe agrarian crisis.
However, KCR had claimed that the expenses which ran up to Rs 6 crore, had been paid by the family, well-wishers and no government money was utilised.