ANDHRA PRADESH

Move to allow Dalits into temple hailed

Special Correspondent

TTD urged to take similar initiatives in more temples

TIRUPATI: The Chittoor district unit of the Kula Vivaksha Porata Samithi (KVPS) on Thursday welcomed the decision of the TTD to provide entry for Dalits into the Venkateswaraswamy temple located in the Vemuru village in the Tirupati (rural) mandal. The Samithi's vice-president and the CPI(M) district secretary K. Murali also complimented the TTD for organising a Kalyanothsavam in the Dalitwada and also making the temple priests stay in the same colony.

In a statement, Mr. Murali particularly complimented TTD Board Chairman B. Karunakara Reddy for being instrumental in taking of the decision and urged him to take similar initiatives in respect of some more temples in the district which still practised discrimination against the Dalits.

He promised wholehearted support of the KVPS for all endeavours of the TTD in this regard. KVPS has celebrated the birth 99th anniversary of Bapu Jagjivan Ram by organising cycle rallies at five different places in the district. At Ambedkar Bhavan in Tirupati, the Andhra Pradesh SC Welfare Association remembered the former Deputy Prime Minister and Dalit leader for his yeomen services for the cause of the Dalits. Among the participants were the Tirupati legislator M. Venkatramana and P. Paramasivan, President of the Association.