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Telangana Chief Minister KCR does not flinch at spending Rs 500 crore for constructing Vastu compliant buildings
Telangana Chief Minister KCR does not flinch at spending Rs 500 crore for constructing Vastu compliant buildings
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Vastu, Public Money & Telugu States

After Chandrababu Naidu and KCR, now Jagan Mohan Reddy embraces Vastu 

Manasa Chennapragada

Manasa Chennapragada

After many objections from opposition parties and the kin of the legal heirs of Nawab Fakhrul Mulk, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao laid the foundation for the state secretariat complex and the Assembly at two different places in accordance with Vastu.

KCR had avoided visiting the old secretariat as he was told that the buildings suffered from "Vaastu dosha". Talking to The Lede, V Hanumantha Rao, Congress MP said that KCR is a devotee of Chinna Jeeyar Swami.

“Whatever he (Swami) says, he follows that. The present secretariat is not good for his political career so he stopped visiting the secretariat and operates from his official residence Pragathi Bhavan,” said Rao.

“He was told that the current secretariat has “Vastu Dosha”. That’s why none of the Former CMs’ sons could become CM starting from PV Narshimha Rao who served as CM for erstwhile united AP but his son PV Ranga Rao was confined to Education Minister and couldn’t become a CM. It is the same with NT Rama Rao and YS Rajashekar Reddy and others,” said Rao.

Rao added that KCR does not was this trend to repeat for his family and hence the costly new plan for a new secretariat at a heavy cost to the public exchequer.

“He wants to be the CM and rule Telangana for 20 years and hand the mantle to his son KTR and grandson. That is why he is demolishing the current secretariat,” says Hanumanth Rao.

Rao says that thanks to the NDA government at the centre, no action was forthcoming when this issue was raised. “We raised this issue in Delhi too but even Modi is in support to KCR. That’s why they didn’t consider our petition.”

The new secretariat and Assembly, he says, is a waste of Rs 500 crore of public money and that too over a mere superstition of the Chief Minister.

“The present Assembly is comfortable for operations I don’t know why he is demolishing and constructing a new one,” he said.

While the secretariat will be built in the current premises near Hussain Sagar, the assembly, the council and the central hall will be built at Errum Manzil, a historic place built by the Nawab 150 years ago.

The decision to build the secretariat at the same place came after KCR’s efforts to secure defence land in Secunderabad did not materialise in time.

The present Assembly building and the council were built by the Nizam. The CM is keen that the new Assembly is endowed with all modern facilities and sufficient place for the lawmakers and offices for the legislative parties and a good library, according to ruling party members.

The Chief Minister currently operates from his official residence, the swanky Pragathi Bhavan. The other official residence built by YS Rajasekhar Reddy adjacent to Pragathi Bhavan is considered ill-fated, after YSR's death in a tragic chopper crash.

In the other Telugu state, brand new CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy is remodelling the secretariat and building, again, according to Vastu.

Andhra Pradesh CM Jagan Mohan Reddy has fallen into the Vastu trap too
Andhra Pradesh CM Jagan Mohan Reddy has fallen into the Vastu trap too

He is said to be completely remodelling the first block of the CM’s office at present.

His predecessor Chandrababu Naidu too had changed the secretariat according to Vastu.

Former AP CM Chandrababu Naidu too was a Vastu believer
Former AP CM Chandrababu Naidu too was a Vastu believer

Speaking on this, Dinakar Lanka, BJP leader who was formerly with the Telugu Desam Party, said that leaders and Chief Ministers should trust themselves, not Vastu.

“They don’t have any right to waste public money for their psychological happiness. They are putting a burden on the public for their superstitions. If they really want their sons to become CM, ask them to serve people not trust superstitions. Sitting at one place according to Vastu doesn’t give results. You should go out and serve people. You will be recognised for your good efforts. If you really trust Vastu then remodel your personal property but don’t waste public money,” says Lanka.

Good advice indeed, but this appears to fall on deaf ears when it comes to the Chief Ministers of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.