Gifts and Golds galore: After Rs 5 cr jewellery at Tirumala, Telangana CM to donate gold moustache worth Rs 75,000 to the temple

The offerings made by the Chief Minister is in tandem with the vow that he took if Telangana became a separate state.

The widespread criticism over spending the public exchequer money to fulfil personal vows seems to have had no affect on Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao as he is again going to offer bangaru meesalu (gold moustache) costing around Rs 75,000 at Kuravi Veerabhadra Swamy Temple.

Earlier this week, on his first visit to Tirumala Tirupati Temple in Andhra Pradeshsince the bifurcation of the state that took place in 2014KCR (as he popularly known) presented a jewellery to Lord Venkateswara Swamy worth a whopping Rs 5.59 crore. There he offered Saligarama Haram a necklace with the lotus design, that weighed around 15 kg and a five-row carcanet weighing 4.65 kg.

The offerings from the Chief Minister is in tandem with the vow that he took if Telangana became a separate state. Previously, too, there were reports of him offering a gold moustache at the Veerabhadraswamy Temple in Kuravi in coming days.

KCR is on a spree to offering expensive ornaments to temples. Last year in October, Rao had given a 12 kg gold crown worth Rs 3.5 crore to Goddess Bhadrakali in Warangal. He offered a crown and a necklace to Lord Venkateswara in Tirumala temple. In Vijaywada too, he offered a nose stud to Goddess Kanaka Durga.

In a bid to woo the gods, KCR is allegedly taking the huge amount from the taxpayer’s money to fulfil his own personal commitment—and this has stirred criticism.