The YSR Congress Party has alleged that the Sri Durga Malleswara Swamyvara Devasthanam authorities colluded with two local Congress MLAs and contractors to embezzle over Rs.4 crore from the temple fund in 2012 and were in the preparatory mode to do the same this year also.

Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, YSR Congress Central constituency in-charge P. Gowtham Reddy alleged that from 2006 to 2011, the budgeted expenditure for the annual Durga Navaratri Utsav celebrations was to the tune of Rs.1.06 crore and in 2012 it suddenly shot up to Rs.4.95 crore and this year it was pegged at Rs.6 crore.

“We understand that prices have increased, but even if we take the price index at the highest level, it cannot shoot up by 300 per cent,” said Mr. Gowtham Reddy.

He also said an official letter from the party will be despatched to the Endowment Commissioner shortly, demanding an immediate enquiry in the matter.