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TTD chairman Subba Reddy, EO get notices

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In yet again, the TTD Board has caught itself in a legal wrangle.

Notices have been sent to TTD Board chairman Y V Subba Reddy and newly appointed executive officer K S Jawahar Reddy over the TTD Board’s proposed move to park the devotees cash donations in government securities, stocks and debentures.

A legal notice was sent to Y V Subba Reddy and Jawahar Reddy by BJP leader Banu Prakash Reddy through his counsel. In his notice, he appealed to the Andhra Pradesh High Court to prevail upon the TTD Board to immediately withdraw its proposed move to convert the Sri Vari cash donations into government securities, stocks or debentures.

Meanwhile, TDP former minister Amarnath Reddy warned the TTD Board of state-wide agitation if the board were to touch even a single rupee donated to Sri Venkateswara Swamy. He stated that the cash donations of the devotees have to be spent only for the purpose it was meant for.

“Both the babai Y S Subbareddy and his abbai (nephew) Jagan Mohan Reddy have been systemically defaming the Tirumala and efforts are being made to destroy the age old traditions and practices followed in Tirumala. This government is hurting the sentiments of crores of Hindus across the country . This will not be tolerated ,” he stated.

Earlier, Y V Subba Reddy who is the maternal uncle of Chief Minsiter Jagan Mohan Reddy, was caught in the wrong foot when the TTD Board had decided to auction 23 immovable properties, including house sites and agriculture land, at different places in Tamil Nadu. The total upset value (bidding value) of the 23 properties has been fixed at a little over Rs 1.54 crore.

The TTD chairman later was put on the backfoot. Amid stiff opposition from the BJP, the TDP, even the Communist parties the TTD retracted from its proposed move. Buckling under pressure from the opposition parties, the Andhra Pradesh government had asked the TTD to suspend its move to sell Sri Vari assets.

The government had directed the TTD to take a fresh decision on auctioning the properties in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Rishikesh in Uttarakhand after consulting devotees and religious heads among others.

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TTD Subba Reddy comments anger TDP, BJP, RRR and IYR

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Tirupati Tirumala Devasthanams Chairman SV Subba Reddy kicked off a major controversy by openly saying that there was no need for any devotee to give declaration before taking Darshan of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala. Subba Reddy made these comments while refuting the allegations made by Chandrababu Naidu. Actually, there is a declaration down the decades for the non-Hindu visitors to make a declaration that they have trust in the divinity of Srivaru before taking darshan at the Seven Hills Temple.

Following this, the TDP leaders, the BJP, YCP rebel MP and others took strong objection to Subba Reddy’s comments. They asserted that the YSRCP leaders cannot and should not change the long established traditions and conventions being observed at the world famous Tirumala temple.

On his part, former Chief Secretary IYR Krishna Rao went a step ahead and said that the ruling party leaders have no right to hurt the sentiments of devotees by changing traditions at the temple. He suggested to Subba Reddy that if anybody does not have trust in the divinity of Tirumala, they can keep a distance from the temple rather than disturbing the traditions there.

IYR further commented that there was no special rule that only the Chief Minister would have to present sacred silk robes to Lord Venkateswara. A Minister or some other high ranking person can do that. Nobody would be required to follow this tradition if they did not have faith in Seven Hills.

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U-Turn: TTD halts auction of Srivari assets, Subba Reddy cries falsehood

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In a complete U-turn, a crucial meeting of the TTD trust board headed by chairman Y V Subba Reddy, on Thursday has decided to halt the controversial auction of Srivari assets in Tamil Nadu.

A decision to this effect was taken at the TTD trust board meeting on Thursday which was attended by TTD EO Anil Kumar Singhal, board members Karunakar Reddy and Chevi Reddy Bhaskar Reddy among others. Surprisingly, the TTD trashed the reports on auction of TTD assets as baseless and falsehood.

At the TTD meeting, board members said decided to initiate action against “those spreading falsehood” and ordered an inquiry into the incident.

If auction of TTD assets was baseless and false, YV Subba Reddy should explain why Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy issued a GO halting the auction of the TTD assets in Tamil Nadu? That begs one to ask ‘who is spreading falsehood?’

Y V Subba Reddy, who is maternal uncle of Jagan Mohan Reddy, should explain if the GO (No888) issued by the Andhra Pradesh government halting the auction of TTD assets was falsehood?

It may be noted that the Andhra Pradesh government had asked the TTD to stop any move to auction the temple assets in Tamil Nadu or in other parts of the country. Additionally, the Jagan government had asked TTD to consult Hindu religious leaders and Hindu devotees in matters related to Tirumala. The state government also directed the TTD to review its decision taking into consideration the sentiments of crores of Hindu devotees.

“Keeping in view the sentiments of devotees, the government hereby direct TTD to reexamine the issue in consultation with different stakeholders like religious elders, opinion makers, section of devotees etc. to ascertain whether these properties can be used by TTD for construction of temples, dharma pracharam and other religious activities,” the GO noted.

Is this falsehood?

Further, Subba Reddy should explain if it is falsehood that the TTD did not hold a meeting recently deciding to auction 50 immovable properties in AP and Tamil Nadu saying they were “unviable, not useful and prone to encroachment”.

Is it falsehood that the TTD did not hold a meeting last Saturday where the board had set up two committees to sell what it calls ”unviable and not maintainable” properties in Tamil Nadu through public auction.

What warranted Subba Reddy to give an explanation last Sunday?

Read in his own words…
“The practice of selling immovable and non-maintainable properties has been in vogue since 1974. Around 129 such properties were disposed of between 1974 and 2014. It was at the board meeting held on July 28, 2015, headed by the then chairman Chadalawada Krishnamurthy that resolution No.84 was passed to form a sub-committee to study the prospects of auctioning such properties. The meeting on January 30, 2016, gave the nod to the sub-committee’s proposal to dispose of 50 such properties that ranged between one cent and five cents. It is difficult to monitor and maintain. This board only continued the process. We have only set up committees to draw a roadmap on which assets to be auctioned, the upset price and other issues. The assets are mostly in Vellore, Kanchipuram, Tirutani and other far -off locations in Tamil Nadu. The agricultural lands in these areas do not exceed more than one acre or two acres, while house sites are in the range of 1 cent, 2 cent, 3 cents or maximum 5 cents. It is difficult to protect these properties. There is a possibility of encroachment.”

Meanwhile, a petition was also filed in the AP High Court on Tuesday directing the court to halt the auction of 50 TTD assets in Tamil Nadu. TTD, which manages the affairs of Sri Venkateswara temple, has decided to auction 50 properties situated in various parts of Tamil Nadu, mainly in Kanchipuram, Vellore and Tirutani. On Tuesday, the petitioner Amarnath through his counsel appealed to the High Court to set up a judicial committee to provide constitutional protection to safeguard temple properties. Further, the petitioner appealed to the court to notify the movable and immovable assets of TTD. The petitioner contended that auction of TTD assets will denude the temples of their properties and any act that involves loss of properties of the temples for the purposes other than those intended for the benefit or necessity of the temples will hurt the sentiments of the Hindu devotees. The petitioner has impleaded Andhra Pradesh Chief Secretary Nilam Sawhney, endowments special secretary and TTD executive officer in the case. The petitioner argued that these assets were gifted to the TTD by devotees of Lord Balaji and the government has no right to sell them under the pretext of the properties being untenable and non-remunerative.

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Jagan govt develops cold feet, issues GO halting auction of TTD assets

Buckling under pressure from the Opposition parties and Hindu religious leaders, the Andhra Pradesh government isued a GO to stop the auction of TTD assets. The significant decision was taken on late Monday.

The Andhra Pradesh government issued a GO (Number 888) in this regard. The fresh GO nullifies the earlier GO issued on January 30, 2016 to dispose of 50 TTD properties. Further, the government had asked the TTD to stop any move to auction the temple assets in Tamil Nadu or in other parts of the country. Additionally, the Jagan government had asked TTD to consult Hindu religious leaders and Hindu devotees in matters related to Tirumala. The state government also directed the TTD to review its decision taking into consideration the sentiments of crores of Hindu devotees.

“Keeping in view the sentiments of devotees, the government hereby direct TTD to reexamine the issue in consultation with different stakeholders like religious elders, opinion makers, section of devotees etc. to ascertain whether these properties can be used by TTD for construction of temples, dharma pracharam and other religious activities,” the GO noted.

“Till the finalization of the matter stated above, the proposed disposal of 50 properties by TTD is hereby kept in abeyance,” the GO noted. The executive officer, TTD, was asked to submit a compliance report immediately.

The issue has snowballed into a major controversy with the central BJP leadership visibly miffed with the TTD’s move to auction the temple assets in Tamil Nadu. A day after the TTD took the decision to sell the temple assets, Rajya Sabha MP Rakesh Sinha, who is also a special invitee to the TTD Trust Board, dashed off a letter to Y V Subba Reddy asking the TTD to not to go ahead with the sale of temple assets in Tamil Nadu. In the letter, Rakesh Sinha said the sale of assets will hurt the sentiments of crores of Hindu devotees across the world.

Y V Subba Reddy on Sunday tweeted to Rajya Sabha MP Rakesh Sinha. “TTD, since 1974, has been monetizing lands which are hard to manage and splintered across the country. TTD monetizes lands only when there is no possibility of making them spiritually viable and manageable for the organization. These lands are of small sizes like 4 to 10 cents where no development is possible. This is NOT an AP Govt. decision. Successive TTD trust board’s in the past have established the procedures to monetize unviable lands. The present trust board is only following the established norms of previous trust boards without any deviations. Eventually we want to safeguard the donor devotees generous contributions to the TTD either in the form of land or corpus.”@RakeshSinha01

The Jagan government’s GO comes a day after Rajya Sabha MP Rakesh Sinha letter to Y V Subba Reddy.

Earlier in the day, TTD chairman Y V Subba Reddy said the TTD board will take decision on selling temple properties in next board meeting. Turning his guns on Eenadu and ABN channel, Y V Subba Reddy who is Jagan Mohan Reddy’s maternal uncle, said the Opposition parties were politicizing the issue and trying to throw muck at the YSRCP government by making a mole out of mountain hill. On Saturday, the TTD held a meeting and decided to auction the temple assets in Tamil Nadu. On Sunday, Y V Subba Reddy defended the TTD’s decision to sell 50 immovable properties through public auction saying it was well within the board’s purview.

In a complete U-turn, Y V Subba Reddy who held a press briefing on Monday said, “The government will do everything to protect the temple properties and will always work in the service of God. The TTD meeting was held on Saturday to discuss on how to protect these properties. The YSRCP government sees no reason why the temple assets should be auctioned.”

Subba Reddy said the practice of selling immovable and non-maintainable properties has been in vogue since 1974.”Around 129 such properties were disposed of between 1974 and 2014,” he said. It was at the board meeting held on July 28, 2015, headed by the then chairman Chadalawada Krishnamurthy that resolution No.84 was passed to form a sub-committee to study the prospects of auctioning such properties. The meeting on January 30, 2016, gave the nod to the sub-committee’s proposal to dispose of 50 such properties that ranged between one cent and five cents. tucked away from the mainland and thus difficult to monitor and maintain. “This board only continued the process. The State government has nothing to do with the TTD’s decision,” Subba Reddy said.

“We have only set up committees to draw a roadmap on which assets to be auctioned, the upset price and other issues. The assets are mostly in Vellore, Kanchipuram, Tirutani and other far -off locations in Tamil Nadu. The agricultural lands in these areas do not exceed more than one acre or two acres, while other assets are in the range of 1 cent, 2 cent, 3 cents or maximum 5 cents of land. It is difficult to protect these properties. There is a possibility of encroachment. In such a scenario, the TTD held a meeting to discuss a roadmap on how to protect these properties without hurting the sentiments of the devotees. We have not issued any orders for auctioning the properties. We will not do anything that would hurt the sentiments of the devotees. The TTD chairman said the trust board will again meet to review the whole issue and announce its decision.

The TTD’s move to auction has sparked off a political row. The sentiments of Hindu devotees were deeply hurt by the decision. BJP president Kanna Lakshminarayana said his party cadres would organise protests across the State on May 26 against the government’s attempts to sell the properties of temples, including those of TTD. Lakshminarayana said it was highly objectionable to sell the properties of temples for whatever reason. BJP Rajya Sabha MP GVL Narasimha on Monday demanded that the government stop attempts to sell temple assets and desist from hurting the sentiments of Hindu devotees.

On Monday, Bandi Sanjay Kumar took to his Twitter handle to take on both the Telangana and Andhra Pradesh governments. He said the Jagan government was trying to turn Andhra Pradesh into the fiefdom of Christianity while the KCR government was turning Telangana into Muslim kingdom. “We will protect Hindu temples from these rulers and dig the political grave of these political parties,” Bandi Sanjay tweeted

Jana Sena Party president Pawan Kalyan on Monday decried the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) move to sell Srivari properties and demanded that the Jagan sarkar withdraw its decision immediately. He said the movable and immovable assets were donated by devotees in South and North India to Lord Venkateswara and that the TTD has only insulted and hurt the sentiments of the devotees who donated the properties by calling the assets as non-remunerative.

“Devotees have donated house sites, agricultural lands and buildings. The TTD has insulted the devotees by calling these assets as non-remunerative. The devotees donated the properties for Hindu religious purposes and to ensure service to the Lord, and not to the State government to sell the assets. The properties donated by the devotees should serve the devotees and pilgrims coming to the Lord’s abode. The TTD’s argument that it cannot protect properties located at far-off places and that they are non-remunerative, and hence the decision to sell them, does not go well with the Hindu devotees. I fail to understand why the TTD, which has a ‘Estate wing, has decided to auction the assets. There is no dearth of funds to run the affairs of the temple administration. The interest earned on the temple deposits is enough to run the temple administration,” Pawan Kalyan tweeted.

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Blow to Amaravati: TTD Reddy reverse decision

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CM Jagan’s reverse rule has become inspiration for everyone down the line in the present government. CM Uncle and TTD Chairman SV Subba Reddy has also started reversing the decisions of the previous Chandrababu Naidu Government regardless of their importance. During Naidu Regime, the then TTD Board took a decision to provide Rs 150 Cr to construct Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple in Amaravati Capital City area.

The situation has changed now after Jagan came to power. YCP Boss has a clear agenda to kill Amaravati global city project without second thoughts. He has already given ample indications of how his government will perform a silent burial to the Andhra Capital. When Jagan has such an agenda, would the new TTD Board give Rs 150 Cr for Amaravati Balaji temple?

Consequently, Subba Reddy cut down the budget and announced that only Rs 38 Cr would be provided to the Amaravati temple project. Critics say that it’s doubtful whether Chairman Reddy would release even these funds.

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Video: YV Subba Reddy Visits Tirumala Temple After Taking Charge As TTD Chairman

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Social media heat on YV Subba Reddy

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Ex-MP YV Subba Reddy is known as a close relative of the YSR family. So, he is seen as a follower of Christianity. Once his name came as being finalised for the TTD Chairman post, there’s a lot of buzz on the social media. Many have raised doubts how such a post could be given to a Christian. Though the YCP leaders tried to suppress the news, more and more Hindu followers started expressing concern.

As the social media rumours are spreading like wildfire, YV Subba Reddy was finally forced to come out and assert that he is a Hindu. He had to explain that he was an ardent devotee of Venkateswara Swamy and that he and his wife are doing Hindu pujas daily.

Subba Reddy said that he will be accepting the TTD post or any post offered by CM Jaganmohan Reddy. Jagan had already told him to take up TTD Chairman post. Subba Reddy said that he would order an enquiry into the alleged misuse of funds and jewellery scam in the TTD.

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