YSR Congress president Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy who offered prayers at the Lord Venkateswara temple in Tirumala on Sunday raked up a controversy again.

Mr. Jagan, along with the party leaders and hundreds of supporters, arrived at the hill shrine. He entered the main temple complex like any other commoner from the Vaikuntam queue complex. Allegations are rife that scores of his followers forcibly gained entry into the temple without proper authorisation.

The followers failed to produce proper identity proof which is mandatorily required during the time of entry for the darshan.

TTD draws flak

The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) administration also came under sharp attack not only for the indiscriminate issuance of VIP tickets but also for keeping the queues vacant ahead of the arrival of the YRS Congress president to the temple.

Even though nobody was sure whether there was a need to accept any kind of declaration from Mr. Jagan as is being observed in the case of devotees belonging to other religions, the authorities maintained that they, in fact, had apprised the party leaders of the regulations.