Prime Minister Narendra Modi was impressed with Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy. When Modi held a video conference on Wednesday to take stock of the situation of Covid in the country, the framed portrait of Lord Venkateswara Swamy caught his attention when Jagan logged in to participate in the virtual meeting. At the video conference at Annamayya Bhavan, Jagan took part. The portrait of Lord Venkateswara was behind him, neatly enclosed in a frame and embellished on the wall.
When the PM caught Lord Venkateshwara's glimpse, Modi said, "Today, through this video conference, I am happy to catch a glimpse of Lord Venkateshwara." The Prime Minister is probably unaware that pictures or portraits of Lord Venkateswara are commonplace in Tirumala as a whole. The portrait of Lord Venkateswara Swamy adorning the walls of Annayya Bhavan is natural and not surprising. Such portraits of Lord Venkateswara Swamy do not find a place in the Tadipatri camp office of the CM, a fact probably missed by the Prime Minister. Or maybe the Prime Minister pulled a subtle jibe at Jagan.
Jagan, along with Health Minister Alla Nani and Home Minister Sucharita, took part in a video conference on Wednesday. The Chief Minister entered the home of Lord Venkateswara Swamy, despite protests, to present 'Pattu Vastrams' on behalf of the state government. Jagan was seen wearing traditional 'pancha' silk and 'dhoti' with the name (insignia) on his brow. He headed to Vakulamata for 'darshan' after presenting the 'Pattu Vastrams' to Lord Venkateswara Swamy. He will take part in 'Garuda Seva' later. Opposition parties have requested that the Chief Minister, before entering the Tirumala shrine, should respect the age-old practise of non-Hindus signing the declaration form.
While Kodali Nani’s comments about PM Modi not visiting Ram Mandir with his wife and BJP leaders asking his dismissal from the party, AP CM Jagan remained silent. In the midst, Sajjala supported Kodali Nani and took a jibe at them in return. Modi’s praise may be considered sarcastic or in a straight way. It’s up to people the way they want to consider PM Modi’s comments.