Hyderabad: Over 300 seers from different states turned up at Telangana Rashtra Samithi K. Chandrasekhar Rao’s house in Erravalli village, Siddipet district, on Monday to conduct the five-day ‘sahasra Chandi yagam’, a ‘homam’ or sacred prayer which is performed to seek the blessings of goddess Chandi. The massive religious programme was the first one to be conducted by Rao after winning the 2018 December assembly elections.
The event witnessed attendance from many Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) MLAs, MLCs and members of parliament (MPs). Reports also suggested that Rao might announce the remaining members of his cabinet after the event concludes. Rao, who is known to be religious, had performed the ‘ayutha Chandi maha yagnam,’ over drought in the state and was censured by the opposition for it.
On Monday, the five-day programme commenced under stewardship of Swami Swaroopananda from the Vizag Peetham. Rao and his family members performed the rituals.
It has been more than a month since the TRS formed the government (election results were declared on 11 December, 2018, and Rao took oath on 13 December), yet Rao only has a home minister, Mohammed Mahmood Ali, as the cabinet is yet to be announced. Senior TRS leaders who did not want to be quoted said portfolios might be announced in the coming week or after the panchayat elections (which began on Monday) are completed on 30 January.
In the 2018 December elections, the TRS stormed to power by winning 88 of the 119 assembly seats, while the Congress, which was in an alliance with the Telugu Desam Party, Communist Party of India and the Telangana Jana Samithi could win just 19 seats.
Ever since he was elected in 2014 as chief minister, Rao has drawn flak for his superstitious beliefs, be it his obsession with making government buildings 'vastu' compliant, or him not going to the secretariat, allegedly for the same reason.