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TTD board takes exception for undue preferential treatment to Bachchan's family

April 26, 2007, Tirupati

Board decides not to allow VIP break darshan on weekends

The Tirumala Tirupati Devastanams (TTD) took serious exception to the administration for extending undue preferential treatment to Amitab Bachchan and his family who visited Tirumala on April 22 with the newly wed star couple. It directed the Executive Officer KV Ramanachari, to probe into the incident and fix responsibility and submit a report within a month.

It also decided not to allow VIP break darshan on weekends and hiked the VIP darshan ticket fare from Rs. 200 to Rs. 500. The TTD Board members took exception over the administration who went overboard, violated protocol and held up devotees causing inconvenience to thousands of devotees. The then Executive Officer, APVN Sharma who handed over the charge to Ramanachari a few hours before their visit, the Chief Priest AV Ramana Dikshitulu and the entire top brass wee at the service of Bachchan family. The EO has offered prasadam to the VIP guest though they are not covered under protocol.

Sources revealed that the Chief Minister, Dr. YS Rajasekhara Reddy is understood to have enquired into the entire episode. Speaking to media persons, the Board Chairman B. Karunkar Reddy apologized the devotees for the inconvenience caused to them. He warned stern action would be taken in the similar situation again repeats in future against the concerned officials.

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