Another jolt to Ashok Gajapathi Raju
Removed as chairman from temples in EG
The AP government has given another jolt to P.Ashoka Gajapathi Raju, the erstwhile chairperson of Maharaja Alak Narayan society for arts and science(MANSAS) founded by his fore fathers. Actually around 108 temples in North Andhra and East Godavari districts and Maharajah colleges in Vizianagaram including more than 14500 acres of land is owned by Mansas trust. Simhachalam temple is one of the temples in the trust and after demise of elder brother Ananda Gajapathi Raju, Ashok Gajapathi Raju has been heading the trust for recent months. But all of sudden Sanchaita Gajapathi Raju , the daughter of Ananda Gajapathi Raju is appointed chairperson of Mansas trust including the Simhachalam temple.
Simachalam Devasthanam has more than Rs 123 crore in FDs in various banks, while the MANSAS Trust has more than Rs 110 crore in FDs. On Monday the government of Andhrapradesh has issues a GO removing Ashok Gajapathi Raju as the chairman of a group of temples in East Godavari district and SanchaitaGajapathi Raju as the new chairman of the group of temples in East Godavari too. The MANSAS trust holds more than 14,800 acres of prime lands in Visakhapatnam and Vizianagaram districts worth more than Rs 50,000 crore. MANSAS also controls lands of 108 temples, including the SimhachalamDevasthanam.
Reacting to the Andhra Pradesh government’s latest GO, Ashok Gajapathi lashed out at the Andhra Pradesh government’s decision to remove him as the chairman of a group of temples in East Godavari. “This is a midnight GO brought in only to defame the Pusapati family. The hasty manner in which the GO was brought in raises suspicion. The MANSAS trust was set up by Pusapati families with high principles and ideals. The trust controls prime lands of 108 temples including the Simhachalam Devasthanam besides several educational institutions. The Andhra Pradesh government’s decisions are only to defame the Pusapati family and the high principles and values of the MANSAS rust,” Ashok said.