Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao Wednesday began performing a five-day yagna “for people’s welfare” at his farmhouse in Erravalli, Medak district, drawing allegations from opposition parties that he was misusing government machinery and wasting public funds.
Rejecting criticism, Rao said the event – termed the ‘Ayuta Chandi Mahayagam’ – was financed through his own money as well as contributions by friends and supporters. The fire ritual is being performed in accordance with ancient scripts by over 1,000 vedic scholars from various states.
However, while the issue managed to unite the BJP and the Left parties, their reasons for resentment were quite different. While the BJP disapproved of the “exorbitant splurging of money and misusing government machinery for a personal event”, it supported performing “yagnas and yagas for the larger public good”. The CPI(M), on the other hand, was disgruntled because the ritual being performed by Rao was against the constitution because it “promoted superstition”.
Rao had claimed that the ritual would be aimed at promoting universal peace and well-being. “Four years ago, at the peak of the statehood agitation, I came to know about the yagam. I resolved to perform the ritual once Telangana becomes reality,” he said.