Andhra MLA Srikalahasti MLA Biyyapu Madhusudan Reddy builds a temple for CM Jagan.
Adulation of leaders is not new to our country. Be it MGR or Jayalalitha, devout fans have constructed citadels, memorials, and in one case, even temples with actresses and actors as deities. However, a YSRCP MLA from Andhra Pradesh’s Chittoor district has taken sycophancy to new levels when he constructed a temple to showcase Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy’s Navaratnalu welfare schemes. According to thenewsminute.com the MLA refused to reveal the amount he had spent for constructing the temple over the phone and claimed that the whole cost was borne by him.
Andhra MLA Constructed the temple to show his appreciation
The temple named ‘Navaratna Alayam’ hosts nine stupas that showcase the welfare schemes launched by the YSRCP government as promised before the 2019 elections. Srikalahasti MLA Biyyapu Madhusudan Reddy from the ruling party said that the temple had been made at the cost of 2 crores. According to Madhusudan Reddy, he constructed the temple to show his appreciation for the schemes of the government.
The temple has been constructed by experts from the neighboring states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. The main part of the temple was inaugurated by Deputy Chief Minister K Narayana Swamy, Minister Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy, and MP Midhun Reddy on Monday. The temple is incomplete and is expected to be completed next month. ‘Addala Mahal’ or the glass mahal will be inaugurated later this month, soon after completion.
Blatant and vulgar display of opulence
However, the blatant and vulgar display of opulence by the MLA has drawn flak from different sections of society, who allege that it is a waste of money and sheer hero worship.
In a conversation with TNM, MLA Madhusudan Reddy said, “I have done many welfares and service activities to the people being a loyalist of YS Jagan Mohan Reddy for the last 16 years. People have elected me for my services and work. CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy is implementing important Navaratnalu welfare schemes for the last two and half years despite COVID-19 without stopping. This Navartana Alayam will showcase the schemes.”
The Andhra MLA did not reveal the exact amount of money spent, but he did say that not a single penny was crowdfunded and all the money spent was from his side. Justifying the building of the temple, he reasoned that people who have done noble deeds are worshipped as Gods. He gave the example of Shiridi Sai Baba, Sathya Sai Baba, and Sir Arthur Cotton, a British general and irrigation engineer credited with constructing several projects in Andhra Pradesh.