Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu has spoken about the allegations levelled against him by the ex-head priest of the Tirupati temple. Naidu has blamed the BJP said, "BJP is trying to hatch a conspiracy by framing me in some way or the other. They also want to frame the state and the TDP in some way or the other, and to achieve this, they called Ramana Dikshitulu to Delhi and forced the chief priest to present fake news. They have stooped to that level". Earlier, AV Ramana Dikshitulu, the ex-head priest of the Tirupati temple had alleged maladministration and plunder of the temple's treasures by the board that has been appointed by the AP government.
Earlier, Dikshitulu, the YSR Congress and the BJP had demanded a CBI investigation based on Dikshitulu's allegations, while Rajya Sabha MP Dr Subramanian Swamy has said he would file a PIL in the matter.
Speaking on the matter on Wednesday, Dr Subramanian Swamy said that the head-priest was sacked for political reasons and that there was nothing wrong with him filing a PIL.
"I just want to keep political interference out from temples. I will file a PIL as soon as courts will open", Dr Swamy said
Dikshitulu had claimed that priceless ornaments, jewellery and precious stones including diamonds that had been donated by devotees to Lord Venkateshwara at the Tirupati temple had disappeared. Dikshitulu even went ahead and alleged that the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh and those appointed by his government to run the Tirupati Temple Devasthanam (TTD) had a hand in the jewels' disappearance.
Dikshitulu, who was only recently removed as the Tirupati temple's head priest, said that the temple authorities, appointed by the state government, stole the jewels and the money hidden away in the Temple's sacred kitchen.
When Dikshitulu was asked how would someone plunder the temple's wealth, he said,
"At the same time, there was one, one more excavation going on in Andhra Pradesh itself in an ancient fort under the instructions of the CM's office, for hidden treasures, under the guise of looking for minerals. It was well known, it was well publicised."
He also alleged that no one but the temple authorities could have done it as the temple is under vigilance all the time.
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