Two years have gone by after the bifurcation and the formation of the two states’ governments. The two Telugu States Andhra Pradesh and Telangana are ever in the news after the state bifurcation and have been warring ever since over quite a few issues. The newest addition to this conflict list is the demand of the State of Telangana for a share in Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam also known as TTD.
A priest called Soundarrajan, from Hyderabad’s ancient Chilkur Balaji temple, filed a petition in the High Court alleging that Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam is still to clear Rs. 1,000 crore of old dues as part of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam ‘s revenue dating back to the year 1987. The notice was issued by the High Court to the AP government. Chilkur Balaji Temple is one of the oldest temples which is better known as Visa Balaji Temple, this is a Hindu temple of Lord Balaji which is located on the banks of the Osman Sagar in the city of Hyderabad.
Senior Telugu Desam Party Leader, Gali Muddukrishnama Naidu posed a question in a counter reply asking if ever Telangana shared the revenues of the city of Hyderabad with the State of Andhra Pradesh. He also termed the priest Soundarrajan from the ancient Chilkur Balaji temple petition as a ‘mistake’. Senior Telugu Desam Party Leader, Gali Muddukrishnama Naidu further added that the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam follows its own policies as well as rules.
According to the States Reorganization Act, the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam which runs the shrine does not need to share its revenues, however; the act was effective this July. The government of the State of Telangana has vowed to regain its rightful share, i.e. Rs. 241 crore from the Rs. 576 crore of the Common Good Fund which was pending from the year 2003 right until the bifurcation of the state that happened in the year 2014.