Hyderabad: Jayasudha, the Congress MLA from Secunderabad, has decided to bring the Tirumala declaration episode to the notice of Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan. Ms Jayasudha said she was forced by the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam authorities to sign a declaration saying that she has faith in the presiding deity, while no such condition was imposed on YSRC MP Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy.
“The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam officials’ claim that I voluntarily signed the declaration is wrong. I visited Tirumala after 12 years and after taking to Christianity. I was forced to sign the declaration by the officials. The rule should be equal for all,” Ms Jayasudha said on Friday.
“I am not against Jagan or trying to politicise the issue. But I know he did not sign the declaration. What is the point in having such a rule when it cannot be implemented?” she asked.
She said the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam authorities should do away with the declaration book since anyone who comes to have darshan of Lord Venkateshwara Swamy would naturally have faith in the Lord. “TTD should remove the declaration book. There are no such rules in Jerusalem, Vatican and other pilgrim centres,” she added. Ms Jayasudha and her family members had visited Tirumala on February 28.
“I was singled out to sign the declaration because they said they had doubts about me. Am I a terrorist? I signed the declaration. I was hurt only when I found out that many refuse to sign and no action is taken against them.”