Chiranjeevi – English News Paper Articles on 04 February 2009

Chiru ridicules ‘grand alliance’

NANDIPET (NIZAMABAD DT.):

Praja Rajyam party president K. Chiranjeevi has ridiculed the alliance between Telangana Rashtra Samithi and Telugu Desam and the Left parties which he described as opposite poles.

Making a dig at the so-called ‘grand alliance’, he said theirs was not ‘mahakootami’, but ‘mayakootami’ and that it could not stand before his ‘megakootami’ comprising youth force, women force, farmers, labourers and his fans. The parties in the ‘mahakootami’ were once arch enemies and vehemently criticised each other, he pointed out.

On the penultimate day of his four day tour in the district the film star turned politician covered Madhavanagar, Dichpally and Amrad in Nizamabad rural constituency, Manikbandar, Makloor, Velmal, Nandipet and Armoor in Armoor constituency and Balkonda in Balkonda constituency.

Unlike the previous two days on the third day on Tuesday the response to his road shows initially was pretty dull with low turnout. However, the gathering was impressive at this mandal headquarter and Armoor town.

The poor response till afternoon apparently was due to faulty mapping of the route, delay in the arrival and the villages being small.

According to reliable sources in the party, Mr. Chiranjeevi at one stage was irritated and expressed ire over the PRleaders.

Having learnt that the gathering at different places in the route were not so impressive he stopped the yatra within two hours of its start, onlyto re-start the road show after lunch.

The megastar’s fans at Madhavnagar and Nadipally villages expressed strong protest and staged a rasta roko. . “We wished him to stop and garland Mahatma Gandhi statue and hoist the party flag, but he (Chiranjeevi) disappointed us,” said K. Srinivas, megastar fans association president in Madhavnagar.

Addressing at Makloor Mr. Chiranjeevi said for him politics was not a comfort nor an addiction nor a tool for money earning. It was only a source for serving the people. “I do not do such politics,” he reiterated.

Impressed by the mammoth crowd here, he said change was an imperative need of the hour to better the lives of the oppressed sections. “We are hopeful of the change and the PR would bring about that,” he said.  

Congress MLA to join Praja Rajyam

HYDERABAD:

The Congress party has suffered a jolt in Krishna district with party MLA from the Malleswaram constituency, Buragadda Vedavyas, announcing his decision to join the Praja Rajyam (PR) on Thursday.

A member of the Kapu community, Mr. Vedavyas will formally quit the Congress and forward his resignation as MLA to Speaker K. R. Suresh Reddy on Wednesday.

“I will submit my letter to the Speaker and later call on Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy and APCC president D. Srinivas separately,” Mr. Vedavyas said on Tuesday. He will join the PR at 11 a.m. in the presence of party president K. Chiranjeevi on Thursday.   

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