Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhara Rao arrived in Renigunta Airport this evening to a grand and tumultuous welcome on his maiden visit to the abode of Lord of Seven Hills Sri Venkateshwara in Tirumala to fulfill his vow for the formation of a separate Telangana State.
The Chief Minister, accompanied by his wife Shobha and daughter Kavitha along with their families arrived by a special chartered flight from Begumpet Airport. On arrival, they were received at the Renigunta Airport by Telangana Assembly Speaker S Madhusudana Chary, Ministers T Harish Rao, Etela Rajender, A Indrakaan Reddy, Pocharam Srinivas Reddy, K. Padmarao, Advisor to the Government Rajiv Sharma, Chief Secretary S P Singh and other senior officials, who reached Renigunta earlier in another chartered flight.
KCR, who will be spending the night at Tirumala, would present to the Lord Balaji and His Consort Padmavathi gold ornaments worth Rs 5.5 crore at a special puja on Wednesday morning. Thus, the Chief Minister would be fulfilling his vow to present the ornaments to the deities for the formation of Telangana State.
While tight security arrangements were made for the Chief Minister’s visit, the temple town of Tirupati was virtually painted pink with flags, buntings, flexes, hoardings and welcome arches put up by various organizations, including Telugu associations from the neighboring Tamil Nadu. As a matter of fact, KCR has become very popular in the sibling Telugu State of Andhra Pradesh where in some districts his birthday was also celebrated on a grand scale by his admirers. (NSS)