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Updated: June 4, 2014 00:48 IST

Now, a temple for Sonia Gandhi in Karimnagar

K. M. Dayashankar
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To express their gratitude to AICC president Sonia Gandhi for creating Telangana state, Congress leaders from the district constructed a temple for her in Mallial town.

The leaders installed a white marble statue of Sonia Gandhi and had the portraits of Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi on temple walls outside. The temple was formally declared opened on Monday by Jagtial legislator-elect T Jeevan Reddy. Those present included former MP Ponnam Prabhakar and former MLA Suddala Devaiah and others.

Ponnam Prabhakar said he called for construction of a temple for Sonia Gandhi while Andhra leaders had built a tomb for her for announcing separate Telangana state. He claimed that Congress leaders in Mallial took up the construction and they bought the bust sized statue made of Marble from Rajasthan. They could not install earlier due to enforcement of code of conduct during elections. “Sonia Gandhi is the spirit and inspiration for Telangana. She would remain in the hearts of Telangana people forever. Without her initiation, the Telangana state would not have become reality”, Mr. Prabhakar said. He also has plans to construct Sonia temples in each assembly segment in Karimnagar .

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