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Andhra CM Jagan Reddy appoints uncle Subba Reddy as Tirupati temple board chairman

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YV Subba Reddy is expected to take charges on Saturday 11 am (22 June).

HIGHLIGHTS

  • YSRCP leader YV Subba Reddy on Friday was appointed as the new chairman of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam
  • TTD is an independent trust which manages the Tirumala Venkateswara temple at Tirumala, Andhra Pradesh
  • YV Subba Reddy, who is also party general secretary, won as YSRCP MP from Ongole

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Friday appointed his uncle and senior YSRCP leader YV Subba Reddy as the new chairman of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) Trust board.

TTD is an independent trust which manages the Tirumala Venkateswara temple at Tirumala, Andhra Pradesh, world’s richest Hindu temple.

The TTD board manages the famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara , located at Tirumala of Tirupati.

YV Subba Reddy is expected to take charges on Saturday 11 am (22 June).

YV Subba Reddy, who is also party general secretary, won as YSRCP MP from Ongole, Prakasam district, in the 2014 national elections.

The TTD chairmanship holds a lot of importance in Andhra Pradesh, and is akin to a position of a cabinet minister as whoever visits the Tirumala Venkateswara temple, primarily interacts with the TTD chief, said sources.

YV Subba Reddy’s appointment comes after the resignation of former TTD chairman Putta Subhakar Reddy, who was appointed by the Chandrababu Naidu-led Telugu Desam Party (TDP) government.

Sources said the newly elected YSR government has also dissolved the Governing Council of the temple and a new management is to be formed within four days.

In early June, Subba Reddy was at the centre of a major controversy as many, including several BJP cadres, questioned his appointment citing his religion.

The matter was taken on social media where many criticised him for being appointed as the TTD chairman.

Among them was writer, critic and a staunch supporter of Prime Minister Narendra Modi , Madhu Kishwar, who called him a staunch evangelist.

How can this be allowed @HMOIndia? Sudha Murthy resigns from Thirupathi board. Jagan appoints his uncle YEHOVA VINCENT Subbareddy ( YV SUBBARADDY) a staunch Evangelist as chairman of TIRUPATI TUMALA BALAJI TEMPLE, richest Hindu shrine He works to spread more CHURCHES in Andhra,” said in a tweet.

To this, Subba Reddy retorted by claiming, I am Hindu by birth.

@madhukishwar is this how you teach your students in your academia ”Poisoned Lies”? This Irresponsible act of yours is not appreciated. SudhaMurthyji resignation is completely irrelevant to what you have mentioned. Here
I am Hindu By Birth & still the Same, tweeted the YSRCP leader.

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