Devender Goud meets Chiranjeevi
Two parties to work together on issues of common interest
Coming closer: Nava Telangana Party leaders T. Devender Goud and E. Peddi Reddy greeting PR president Chiranjeevi in Hyderabad on Sunday.
Nava Telangana Party (NTP) president T. Devender Goud on Sunday called on his Praja Rajyam counterpart Chiranjeevi, apparently to explore the possibility of forging an alliance between the two parties for the Assembly elections.
Accompanied by his senior colleague, E. Peddi Reddy, Mr. Goud held consultations with the PR leader at the Praja Rajyam office for nearly one-and-a-half hours. At the end of the talks, the NTP president told mediapersons that they did not discuss alliances as there was no urgency in it since elections were far away. He came down to express solidarity with Chiranjeevi for his stand on Telangana and social justice.
Merger move denied
Mr. Goud denied any move to merge NTP with Praja Rajyam and said the parties decided to work together on issues where they shared common ground. Otherwise, the parties would pursue their respective programmes on their own.
Welcoming the talks for an alliance between the Praja Rajyam and the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS), Mr. Goud appealed to the TRS to take them to their logical conclusion. The NTP would not give room for a dispute on the number of seats to be contested. In response to questions from reporters, Mr. Goud advised them to observe patience as it was not the end of the day between the NTP and Praja Rajyam.
‘Talks to continue’
Mr. Chiranjeevi said the meeting with Mr. Goud did not mean calling off talks with the TRS. They would continue. He described Mr. Goud as an experienced leader with whom he enjoyed a good rapport even before the Praja Rajyam took birth. Mr. Goud met him to offer his best wishes.
Meanwhile, the official spokesman of Praja Rajyam V.G.R. Naragoni convened a meeting of his supporters separately in the background of reports that he was distancing himself from the party. Mr. Naragoni said he was trying to mount pressure on the party to do justice to the Backward Classes in the distribution of tickets but Chiranjeevi warned him that he was liable to disciplinary action.
Chiranjeevi to tour Medak from December 22
The three-day visit of Praja Rajyam president Chiranjeevi would commence from December 22 in Medak district.
This would be his second visit to the district. The actor turned politician had community lunch at SIngannagudem during his first leg of the tour in the district.
Beginning at BHEL at 1 p.m. on December 22, he would be addressing four meetings at Patancheru, Sangareddy and Zaheerabad. Night stay would be at Zaheerabad followed by a press conference the following day and a visit to the Vinayaka temple at Rechintal.
On December 23, Chiranjeevi will address public meetings at Narayanakhed, Jogipet, Medak and Narasapur. He will leave for Hyderabad the same day and begin his next day visit from Gajwel and cover Siddipet and Dubbaka. Though PR is confident of pulling crowds to the meetings , the question is how strong it would be at areas like Siddipet , the strong hold of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and the home town of its president K. Chandrasekhara Rao. “Our success in the region will depend on how best we can present ourselves in Siddipet. If we are able to do that, it is sure that we will cross one of the major hurdles and create confidence among the people in Telangana region,” said a Praja Rajyam party leader.
Vangaveeti Radha joins PR
Entry of Congress legislator reflects party’s growing popularity: Chiru
Vangaveeti Radhakrishna trains his guns on Congress MLA Devineni Rajasekhar
‘Congress leadership is biased towards a few individuals to whom it grants benefits’
New innings: Legislator Vangaveeti Radhakrishna being greeted by Praja Rajyam chief Chiranjeevi in Hyderabad on Sunday. Also seen is party youth winging president Pavan Kalyan.
The Congress MLA of Vijayawada (East) Vangaveeti Radhakrishna on Sunday resigned from the party and joined the Praja Rajyam in the presence of its president Chiranjeevi.
Mr. Radhakrishna trained his guns on another Congress MLA from Krishna district Devineni Rajasekhar while announcing his decision to join the Praja Rajyam at its office here.
He told mediapersons that the Congress leadership is biased towards a few individuals to whom it grants benefits. Mr. Rajasekhar is also among them, he alleged.
Incidentally, the bitter rivalry between Mr. Radhakrishna and Mr. Rajasekhar spilled over on the floor of Assembly earlier this year.
A land dispute between them triggered an angry outburst from Mr. Radhakrishna in the House.
Son of former Congress MLA Vangaveeti Mohana Ranga who was hacked to death by his political rivals in Vijayawada in 1988, Mr. Radhakrishna was the youngest legislator to be elected to the present term of Assembly in 2004.
He said he endured pain even as the Congress took decisions that went against him. The Congress leadership overlooked him though his father made supreme sacrifice for the party, he said.
Chiranjeevi said the entry of Mr. Radhakrishna into Praja Rajyam reflects the growing popularity of the party after its youth wing – Yuva Rajyam – was activated.
He added that he was closely associated with Mohana Ranga until the latter’s death. Ranga used to watch his film shootings at locations as far as Jammu and Kashmir and often praised his hard work that helped him make a career in films on his own, Chiranjeevi added.
He also said Ranga advised him to enter politics at a stage when he had not even turned his attention to it.
The bond between his and Ranga’s family is once again built with Mr. Radhakrishna joining the party, he said.
Meanwhile, Housing Minister Botcha Satyanarayana said Mr. Radhakrishna could have resigned out of insecurity of not getting party ticket to contest the next Assembly elections.
“Merely because a person quits the Congress does not mean that the party’s vote bank will erode. We may lose one vote or gain 1,000 votes because of the departure of some leaders,” the Minister remarked.
Yuva Rajyam expanded
Pavan Kalyan, president of Yuva Rajyam, the youth wing of Praja Rajyam, on Sunday expanded his organisation by inducting Raju Ravitej as the vice-president, Shravan Kumar as general secretary and Nilesh as political advisor. While a graduate of London School of Economics Pramod Mamidi was the director of Yuva Rajyam Learning Centre.
Praja Rajyam leaders upbeat
MLA’s move sends followers into celebration mode
New order: A follower of Vijayawada East MLA Vangaveeti Radhakrishna arranging a Praja Rajyam Party flag on the statue of Vangaveeti Mohana Ranga Rao in Vijayawada on Sunday.
Without much hype, Congress MLA Vangaveeti Radhakrishna joined the Praja Rajyam Party (PRP) in Hyderabad on Sunday, triggering instant celebration by his followers, who hoisted PRP flags on the statues of Vangaveeti Mohana Ranga in various places.
Immediately after Mr. Radhakrishna joined the PRP in the presence of Chiranjeevi in the party headquarters at 10 a.m., scores of the Vijayawada East MLA’s followers gathered near the Ranga statue near Raghavaiah Park here and started raising slogans in favour of the MLA’s latest move. “Ranga johar,” “Radha jindabad,” “Chiranjeevi jindabad” – the slogans rent the air near the statue, located close to the MLA’s residence.
The PRP leaders are in an upbeat mood over the entry of Mr. Radhakrishna into the party fold, as this is expected to increase their strength substantially not just in the city, but also in Guntur, West and East Godavari districts. Already, many followers of Mr. Radhakrishna in these places have joined the PRP and they are expected to strengthen his leadership within the party in the coming days. Mr. Radhakrishna is stated to be close to Mr. Pawan Kalyan, who has taken an active role in the PRP as brother of Mr. Chiranjeevi. The PRP circles say that it is the closeness to Mr. Pawan that has finally brought the Congress MLA into the PRP fold. There is speculation that Mr. Radhakrishna will become an important leader for Kapus within the PRP in the Coastal districts. PRP senior leader Boppana Bhava Kumar, who has been active since the beginning in PRP city activities, asserts that it is a welcome development that Mr. Radhakrishna has joined their party. He says that many corporators owing allegiance to Mr. Radhakrishna are expected to follow suit sooner or later. The PRP leaders in the city feel that their party’s strength will significantly increase at the field level and this will help increase the chances for future growth. Scores of leaders and cadres poured into the PRP office in Road No. 5 route on hearing about Mr. Radhakrishna’s entry. Even the local PRP leaders have no idea about the possible entry of Mr. Radhakrishna today.
The reason for keeping it a closely-guarded secret is stated to be that the MLA wants to avoid any last-minute pressure from the ruling party side to convince him not to take a hasty decision. The speculation is that Mr. Radhakrishna has been toying with the idea of switching over to the PRP for a long time. One view is that he has waited till the last minute due to several unfinished tasks, which included making Ms. Ratna Bindu Mayor of the city.