Driver keeps Lanka President waiting as guards grow tense
Posted on August 22nd, 2016

TIRUPATI: A major security lapse came to the fore during the visit of Sri Lanka  president Maithripala Sirisena to Tirumala on Sunday. He was forced to wait  for 12 minutes for his car after a darshan atop the Tirumala hill, giving  jitters to the staff of the Tiruumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD),  especially the security.  An inquiry has been ordered into the lapse.    SiriSena reached Tirumala late on Saturday night for a two-day pilgrimage.

Upon arrival, the Sri Lanka president was received by TTD chairman  Chadalwada Krishnamurthy, executive officer (EO) Sambasiva Rao, Tirupati  joint EO Pola Bhaskar and other officials. He made a night halt at the Sri  Padmavathi guesthouse and arrangements were made for a visit to the temple  of Venkateshwara at Tirumala early Sunday morning.

At 3 am Sunday, the president along with his wife Jayanthi Pushpa Kumari  Sirisena, son Daham Tharaka and other family members attended the Suprabhata  Seva. When they came out of the sanctum sanctorium, the driver of their car  was not in the seat.

Sirisena and his wife waited for about 12 minutes inside the car as his  security stood guard around it. Even TTD staffers scurried around, the  driver coolly returned from his own darshan of the deity. Immediately,  Sirisena was driven at speed to the guest house.

At around 6.30 am, during the VIP break time, Sirisena and his family  returned to the temple to pay obeisance to the presiding deity. He spent  about six minutes inside the sanctum sanctorum and TTD authorities presented  him silk clothes and pandits administered Vedaaseervachanam to the family.

The minister in waiting, Andhra Pradesh’s forest minister Bojjala  Gopalakrishna Reddy presented the president a replica of the Ananda Nilayam  (the dome of the garbhalayam of the temple) on behalf of the AP government.

Later, Sirisena and his family members left for Bengaluru by road and were  scheduled to fly back to Sri Lanka.

An inquiry has been ordered into the security lapse. It is learnt that the  driver and other members of Sirisena’s retinue sought permission from the  temple authorities for a darshan of the deity. They were reportedly  permitted to enter the sanctum sanctorium despite the visit of the VVIP.  Tirupati Urban superintendent of police Jayalashmi is learnt to have  questioned the temple authorities for giving permission to drivers and other  staff during the VVIP visit.

6 Responses to “Driver keeps Lanka President waiting as guards grow tense”

  1. Ratanapala Says:

    Temple authorities wouldn’t have seen any difference between this Kawikola Karaya and the Driver.

    This prostrating before Indian Hindu Gods by our political leaders is a shameful act that should be roundly condemned. While there are more important things to attend to in Sri Lanka, these hapless politicians seek divine intervention and protection much to the cost of our people.

    Shame on the Jadapalana lot!

  2. Ananda-USA Says:

    Agree with Ratnapala.

    It is indeed UTTERLY SHAMEFUL to see our Sinhala Buddhist politicians going to India and PROSTRATION themselves before Hindu Gods!

    What is WRONG with these people? Are they Buddhists or adherents of some KAVALAM religion??

    Why are we, the inheritors to the most internally consistent of religions, led by these confused addlepated idiots who believe in nothing that is principled?

    Yes, Ratnapala, I too am disgusted!

  3. Ananda-USA Says:

    Oops!

    I meant “PROSTRATING” themselves ….

  4. Charles Says:

    This is an ill conceived Buddhist ritual. They cannot do without Gods. Even in Buddhist Temples they have such absurdities. Venerable Late Soma Thera was one who spoke strongly against God worship in temples.

  5. Ancient Sinhalaya Says:

    Traitor vairapala sorrysena going mader and mader by the day. He should’ve sought relief from a Buddhist
    temple if the traitor aappaya is a real Buddhist. He went to Batticaloa and didn’t want to go to a temple there. Traitor
    low life is shaming our great kings of the Polonnaruwa ear where this uneducated moron hailing from. Vairapala
    should’ve gone to Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura or Kandy to seek help from his religion.

    He is a modern day
    aritta keevendu. Zero brain cells, only good at taking bad decisions to destroy Sinhalese race, Sri Lanka and
    Buddhism. God make the baddies go insane before
    destroying them. That’s what is happening to this traitor kalakanniya who is destroying our beloved country,
    Buddhism and Sri Lanka by rubber stamping everything catholic-run UNPatriotic doing. Hope we will see
    the demise of a traitor of the highest calibre.

  6. S.Gonsal Says:

    Charles,
    You are wrong. In Sri Lankan Buddhist temples we have Vishnu, katragama and Saman Devalas and some times Natha Deviyo too. What the hell is the South Indian Tirupathy ? Nothing to do with Sinhalese or Buddhists.

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