A huge controversy is surrounding the statements made by a pastor of Jesus Church of Tirupati, David Karunakar. He had said that Jagan, who has declared himself as a Christian, should not worship idols. He said this in view of Jagan worshipping at Tirumala. Stating that he was only quoting the Holy Bible, he said that he was not against Hindus and respected the Constitution of the country. But as a Christian, Jagan should not pray to idols, as that would ultimately work against him, he said.