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Seven old faces on TTD board

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CHANGE OF GUARD: The newly-nominated members of the TTD Trust Board led by Chairman B. Karunakar Reddy (Centre) and Executive Officer A.P.V.N. Sarma coming out of the Venkateswara temple in Tirumala on Wednesday after the swearing-in ceremony.
CHANGE OF GUARD: The newly-nominated members of the TTD Trust Board led by Chairman B. Karunakar Reddy (Centre) and Executive Officer A.P.V.N. Sarma coming out of the Venkateswara temple in Tirumala on Wednesday after the swearing-in ceremony.

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Union Minister Subbirami Reddy's wife also sworn-in as member

TIRUPATI: The 11-member TTD Board of Trustees which was sworn-in on Wednesday at an elaborate ceremony held inside the Tirumala temple complex is said to be the 42nd board to be constituted after the task of managing the TTD affairs was entrusted to the `Mahants' by the British rulers in 1933. Significantly, of the eleven members nominated to the coveted panel, as many as seven, including Chairman B. Karunakara Reddy, are old faces.

Of the remaining six, barring noted industrialist R.P. Goenka, five were on the outgoing board. They are Srinivasan, chief of the India Cements Ltd, Nelavala Subramanyam, who was incidentally the former Tirupati MP and presently Sullurpet MLA, Chadalavada Sudha of Vijayawada, Gokaraju Rama Raju of West Godavari district and Janga Krishnamurthy.

An interesting feature of the in-coming board is that it has on it the wife of the outgoing board's Chairman. Tikkavarapu Indira is the spouse of Union Minister and former TTD board chief T. Subbirami Reddy.

Other members of the new board are Bodhan MLA Sudarshan Reddy, V. Vijayasarathy Reddy, a Chennai-based auditor, and wholesale paints dealer O.V. Ramana.

An interesting sidelight about the 90-minute swearing-in ceremony was that Indira Reddy took her oath of office and secrecy in the morning itself separately much before the time officially fixed by the TTD in consultation with the pundits and Chairperson-designate Karunakar Reddy.


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