Vizianagaram: Rajya Sabha member and YSRCP leader V. Vijaya Sai Reddy has alleged that TDP chief and former Chief Minister Nara Chandrabau Naidu conspired to behead Lord Rama's idol at Sri Kodandarama Swamy temple to divert people's attention from Chief Minister Y.S Jagan Mohan Reddy's visit hours later.
The MP visited the temple in Ramateertham under Nellimerla mandal in Vizianagaram district on 2 December and inspected the beheaded idol of Lord Rama. He also performed puja along with the local MP and MLAs.
On 28 and 29 December, Jagan had addressed a public meeting and launched the largest house site layout under the housing for the poor scheme. Vijaya Sai claimed that the timing of the temple incident and the CM's programme clearly indicated Mr. Naidu's criminal conspiracy.
The YSRCP MP pointed out that nearly 20,000 temples were closed due to a financial crisis during the TDP regime and major temples had witnessed ugly incidents. The TDP chief also performed tantric pujas in Srikalahasti, Simhachalam, and Pendurthi temples to remain in power, he further alleged.
The MP also blamed former Union minister P. Ashok Gajaathi Raju who as a trustee and chairman of the 400-year-old temple was part of a conspiracy. He asked Mr. Ashok to resign from the post.
Later, TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu along with other party leaders visited the temple. BJP workers also staged a dharna condemning the incident in Ramateertham close to the temple.
Meanwhile, Vizianagaram SP B. Raja Kumari has announced a reward for any information leading to the arrest of the accused persons. She said five special teams have been formed to nab the miscreants.