In a democratic country such as India everybody has a right to protest President Mahinda Rajapaksa said visiting Lord Venkateswara shrine in Tirumala in the Andhra Pradesh, India this morning.
President Rajapaksa early this morning offered prayers at the Lord Venkateswara shrine.
Mr. Rajapaksa who is on a two-day visit to the holy shrine participated in the Suprabhata seva – a pre-dawn ritual performed in the early hours.
Even though he is entitled to the ‘Mahadwaram’ entry he rather preferred reaching the temple complex through the Vaikuntam queue complex like any other commoner, Indian media reported.
Why don’t you come to Sri Lanka for a first hand assessment and see for yourself what the truth is, he said speaking to media.
Earlier as is the practise, the temple priests honoured him with the silk vastram of the presiding deity while the TTDs Joint Executive Officer K.S. Srinivasa raju presented him with the laddu prasadam and memento of the presiding deity.
Andra Pradesh police authorities had made unprecedented security arrangements for the President’s visit.
Winding up his two-day personal visit to India President Rajapaksa returned to the country this evening.