In a surprising turn of events, Gunda Ravinder, once a staunch supporter of Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR), has decided to sell the small temple he constructed in front of his residence in Dhandapelli back in 2016.
Ravinder, a prominent proponent of the Telangana movement, had originally built the temple as a tribute to the leader of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) party, spending Rs 2 lakh on its construction.
A member of the Arya Vysya community, Ravinder expressed his admiration for KCR's role during the Telangana movement, a sentiment that led him to create the temple with a statue honouring the TRS supremo.
However, citing a lack of support from the ruling party, particularly from Mancherial MLA N Diwakar Rao, Ravinder has decided to part ways with the temple.
He revealed that despite investing considerable time and resources into the temple's construction, he felt ignored by local leaders. The temple, including the installation of the statue, incurred a cost of about Rs 2 lakh.
Expressing his disappointment, Ravinder highlighted the absence of Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) leaders, including MLC K Kavitha and Mancherial district leaders, during the temple's inauguration.
Despite a personal relationship established during the Telangana movement, Ravinder disclosed that attempts to meet KCR at Pragathi Bhavan and Telangana Bhavan were unsuccessful.
The decision to sell the temple reflects a significant shift in Ravinder's stance, once a fervent supporter who sought to immortalise KCR's contributions.
As political dynamics evolve in Telangana, this move underscores the challenges faced by grassroots supporters who feel neglected within the political landscape.
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