AP Mahila Cong chief sees conspiracy in shifting temple idols, vows to fight ‘TDP mining mafia’

Dara Gopi

Amaravati: The Andhra Pradesh Mahila Congress president Sunkara Padmasree on Saturday vowed to fight against the alleged mining mafia in Gannavarama area.

Padmasree, who has been fighting for restoration of the Brahmalingeswara Swamy temple at Chikkavaram on the outskirts of Gannavaram, alleged that she was getting threatening calls from unknown persons for the past two days. She said she had life threat from the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) for her fight against unceremonious removal of Brahmalingeswara Swamy idols from the temple at Chikkavaram three months back.

The Congress leader said that the supporters of local legislator Vallabhaneni Vamsi have removed the idols from the temple during midnight and have installed them on the top of one of the three hills there. While taking strong exception to the removal of the idols from the temple, she alleged that the leaders have set their eyes on mining of the three hills.

She alleged the revenue and mining officials had turned a blind eye to the encroachment of the hills by the TDP leaders and criticized  the Endowments Department for not taking action against those responsible for shifting the Brahmalingeswara Swamy idols from the existing temple to the hill top without conducting any rituals.

The Congress leader said several swamijis and priests have raised objections to the unceremonious shifting of the idols from the temple to the hills. She alleged that the ruling TDP leaders were mounting pressure on the officials not to react to the complaints on the temple. The temple has been attracting more devotees these days and the natural lake – Brahmalingam Tank – has made the place a religious tourist spot in the past one decade, Padmasree said.

She wanted the government to intervene and ensure the Brahmalingeswara Swamy idols are restored in the existing temple at the foot of the hill. She said she would continue to fight for restoration of the idols despite the threat to her life from the local TDP leaders.

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