National President of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), N. Chandrababu Naidu, said that a person can always remain a person and never become a god. It is wrong to assume that he is above or equal to the Almighty, or that he is a god himself.
His statement gains in importance against the background of the former Tirumala High Priest AV Ramana Deekshitulu, who allegedly characterizes Prime Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy a few days ago in Tadepalli near Vijayawada as another incarnation of Lord Maha Vishnu.
In another apparent excavation at Mr Deekshitulu, he said it was regrettable to reinstate a person who made unsubstantiated allegations of the loss of pink diamonds.
Speaking to the media here on Thursday, he said that such acts deeply hurt the religious sentiments of followers associated with the Tirumala deity.
He struck a nostalgic chord, saying that it was only through the grace of Lord Venkateswara that he could survive the 2003 Alipiri bomb explosion. The famous shrine is an invaluable asset to the state and the duty to protect its holiness rests with each individual.
Mr. Naidu surprised everyone and also rolled down the congested streets of Balaji Nagar, where the displaced families are being rehabilitated, and also visited the homes of some party workers.
Although he has already visited the city several times in various capacities, this is his second visit to the residential area.
Previously, Mr. Naidu offered prayers in the hilltop temple, accompanied by the President of Party State Unit K. Atchannaidu, the party candidate for the Tirupati Bypoll Panabaka Lakshmi and other leaders.
He later traveled to Sri Kalahasti to participate in the election campaign.
Chittoor Staff Reporter adds: Meanwhile, Sri Peetam’s Pope Swami Paripoornananda condemned the alleged observations made by Mr. Ramana Deekshitulu.
Speaking to the media in front of the media with the leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party in Tirupati, Mr. Paripoornananda described the comparison of a person with the divine incarnation as a “great sin”. He said that in the past some political leaders have also taken pride in comparing their power to divine power, but that tendency would only lead to destruction.
He said Mr. Jagan Mohan Reddy should answer three questions: “Why is the state government afraid of bringing the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams within the scope of the Right to Information Act? Why is the state government afraid to publish a white paper on Lord Venkateswara’s assets and jewels? When Foundation Minister V. Srinivas himself announced that 375 temples are in disrepair, isn’t it Jagan Mohan Reddy’s responsibility to protect the Hindu temples? “