Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao stoked controversy on Thursday when he offered his official chair to a Seer. Chinna Jeer Swamy presided over the house warming ceremony of the Chief Minister's new residence-cum-camp office.
A video showing KCR urging the seer to take his seat is doing the rounds in the state with many criticising his move as an insult to the constitutional post of Chief Minister. Disciples of the seer and priests conducted the ceremonies on Thursday morning as K Chandrashekhar Rao and his family moved in to the new house.
The house doubles up as the Chief Minister's camp office with a portion dedicated to official meetings and engagement, it is in this portion that the Chief Minister's official office has been set up. The new palatial bungalow built at a cost of over Rs 50 crore is nothing short of a fortress with dozens of CCTVs, over 50 heavily armed guards keeping vigil all day, high compound walls and even bulletproof windows for safety of the Chief Minister and his family.
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The CM's move of offering his chair to the seer is being viewed as unconstitutional and an embarrassment to democracy. The Kerala police in August 2014 had arrested a man for sitting in then Kerala Chief Minister Oomen Chandy's chair while the CM was away.