Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his wife Maitree Wickremesinghe, were among the ministers and some of the top officials on Saturday who reached the temple city of Tirupati in India to offer worship to Lord Venkateswara.
Mr Wickremesinghe and his wife, along with other officials, arrived at Chennai Airport where they were received by the officials concerned. From there, they were flown to Tirupati Airport by a special helicopter, arriving at 4.35 pm.
On behalf of the State Government, Industries Minister N. Amarnath Reddy and other district officials gave a warm welcome to the visiting Prime Minister couple after landing at the airport. After visiting the temple, they drove to the sacred hills, where they were received a warm welcome by TTD EO Anil Kumar Singhal and Tirumala JEO K.S. Sreenivasa Raju at Sri Krishna Rest House in Tirumala in the evening.
After an overnight stay, the Prime Minister and his wife will offer worship on Sunday morning and fly back from Tirupati Airport at 1.15 pm. Meanwhile, tight security has been put in place at the airport and Tirumala by the police department.(Deccan Chrinicle)