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KCR gifts Rs 5.6 crore gold to Tirupati temple from revenue-deficit state

Telangana CM KC Rao offers gold ornaments at the Venkateswara Temple in Tirumala. This is the CMs thanksgiving trip after the state of Telangana was formed in 2014. This largesse will cost the taxpayer Rs 5.6 crore.

Accompanied by his wife, other family members and state ministers, KCR left for Tirupati in a special flight to fulfil the vows he had made for realisation of separate Telangana state.

According to a report by NDTV, the Telangana CM will be presenting a solid gold ornament to Lord Balaji and a nose stud to Goddess Padmavati. KCR will further present a gold moustache to the Veerbhadraswamy temple at Kuravi. Earlier in October Chandrasekhar Rao presented a 12 Kg gold crown worth Rs 3.5 crore to Goddess Bhadrakali at Warangal.

Rao had a darshan of the presiding deity in the morning hours on Wednesday and offered a golden Saligrama necklace and a Kante with five rows to the god (see picture alongside) on behalf of Telangana government.

After darshan at Tirumala, Rao will go to Tiruchanoor near Tirupati and offer prayers to the presiding deity of Padmavati Ammavaru. He will return to Hyderabad thereafter.

KCR had made vows for realisation of separate Telangana in the name of gods of different famous temples during the separate statehood agitation.

According to a report in the Deccan Chronicle, the revenue-surplus Telangana state is facing a huge revenue deficit in the ongoing financial year, with expenditure surpassing earnings. The auditing done by finance department for the April-October period revealed that the state is facing a deficit of nearly Rs 7,000 crore despite revenue-earning departments witnessing a decent growth rate of 15 per cent.

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