AP IAS Officers Counter Pawan On TTD EO Row

The Association of AP IAS officers has joined film actor Mohan Babu in criticising Pawan Kalyan for making an issue of appointing Singhal as EO of TTD.

Amaravati: IAS officers from Andhra Pradesh have objected to criticism by Jana Sena Chief Pawan Kalyan over the appointment of a north Indian as Executive Officer of Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanams. “Drawing a line between north and south is not correct. IAS officers are all India officers and they work anywhere and everywhere in the country” the Association of IAS officers in its reaction posted on twitter account.

The body said Anil Kumar Singhal who was posted as EO of TTD is an AP-cadre officer and was not dumped from anywhere. It was the prerogative of the state government to decide on postings and the officers simply obey the orders, it said.

Veteran actor Mohan Babu has also faulted Pawan Kalyan on the appointment saying that there is no rule as such that only a person from a particular region shall be appointed.

“He is a sincere officer with a lot of integrity. He is an Andhra cadre officer, working as collector in various Telugu districts. I know him very well. I extend all my support to him as the EO of the TTD,” Mr Mohan Babu said.

“I strongly condemn such comments. It is not proper to restrict Lord Venkateshwara Swamy to a particular region or language. What is wrong in a non-Telugu speaking officer being appointed as TTD EO? Don’t look at his language, look at his administration,” Mohan Babu said.

The TDP and the BJP have already criticized Pawan for his comments. Mr Varla Ramaiah, senior functionary of TDP said that the party would not tolerate each and every diatribe that the Jana Sena chief makes.

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Mohan Babu Condemns Pawan Kalyan

Film actor Mohan Babu has joined issue with another actor Pawan Kalyan in the controversy regarding appointment of a North Indian as TTD Executive Officer.

Tirupati: Appointment of TTD EO from the North by Naidu’s government irked a few politicians and religious heads of AP. But Actor Mohan Babu said that there is nothing wrong in appointing ISS officer Anil Kumar Singhal as EO.

Mohan Babu further added that Singhal is a sincere officer with lot of integrity and he is from Andhra cadre and worked as collector for various districts in the undivided AP.

Mohan Babu condemned Jana Sena Chief Pawan kalyan’s comments, “it is not proper to restrict Lord Balaji to a particular region or language. There is nothing wrong in appointing a non- Telugu speaking officer as TTD EO” he said in a statement.

BJP senior leader from Tirupati, Bhanu Prakash Reddy also raised voice against Pawan kalyan. “It is better to read the TTD Act before making comments. It is enough if the officer is a Hindu and has faith in Lord Venkateswara as per Act. There is no need to make any fuss. It is better to look at his administration rather than looking at his language,” said Bhanu Prakash.

He further stated that Anil is from India only and not from Pakistan, please remember it, thus pointing fingers at Jana Sena Chief Pawan Kalyan who has been talking about the North-South divide.

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