Andhra Pradesh Government Makes A U-Turn: Suspends Auction Of 50 Tirupati Temple Properties After Uproar Sri Venkateswara Temple, Tirumala, Tirupati. (Nikhilb239/Wikipedia)

After major uproar erupted to the Andhra Pradesh Government's plan to auction off 50 immovable properties donated by devotees of Lord Venkateswara to the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD), the State Government has suspended the plan and has directed the TTD to re-examine the decision, reports Livemint.

TTD is the empowered entity which administers the cash-rich hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara which is situated close to Tirumala. It's properties which the State Government had intended to auction off were situated in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and in Rishikesh in the State of Uttarakhand.

The State Government was forced to suspend the plan after a major opposition was erected by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Janasena Party, Telugu Desam Party (TDP), Congress party and CPI-M opposing the State Government's plan, the opposition had asserted that the move was likely to hurt the sentiments of devotees who had donated the properties.

The State Government has now directed TTD to examine if the properties can be used by it to construct temples and to carry out dharma pracharam and other such religious activities.

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