Chiranjeevi – English News Paper Articles on 19 February 2009

PRP rally seeks common symbol

VIZIANAGARAM:

District unit of the Praja Rajyam Party took out a massive rally from party office to the Collector’s Office on Wednesday seeking that the Election Commission allot common symbol for the contesting candidates of the party. Talking to newsmen, party’s district convener M. Venkataramana and Mahila Rajyam convener M. Geetha said that it was not fair to deny common symbol to the party that had 50-lakh registered members in the State. He said that similar rallies were organised throughout the district. Later, they submitted a memorandum to in-charge Collector P. Lakshmi Narasimham.

Kakinada:

The PRP staged a demonstration in front of the Collector’s office protesting against denial of common symbol.

Leaders feared that contesting the elections on different symbols would be disastrous and appealed to the Election Commission to reconsider its decision.

Urban district convener P. Adinarayana said that the party had taken to legal recourse and expressed the hope that it would get a positive verdict.

Later, a delegation submitted a memorandum to Collector Gopalakrishna Dwivedi pleading for a common symbol.

Addressing media persons, Mr. Adinarayana said the party was confident of defeating the Congress and the TDP-TRS-Left combine with comfortable margins. 

 

Harsha Kumar to join PRP?

‘I will take a decision soon’

I have to decide whether to quit Congress, he says

Ready to contest even as an independent

AMALAPURAM:

Congress MP from Amalapuram (SC) G.V. Harsha Kumar is reportedly preparing ground to join the Praja Rajyam Party (PRP).

When contacted, Mr. Harsha Kumar, who is in Delhi, said: “There is pressure from the PRP and the TDP to join them. But, I will take a decision soon. First, I have to decide whether to leave the Congress or not. It will take some time.” He said he was even ready to contest as an independent. Mr. Harsha Kumar said that “some bigwigs” in the Congress want to deny him the party ticket. He said he was confident that AICC president Sonia Gandhi would give ticket to all sitting MPs. Mr. Harsha Kumar won on Congress ticket in 2004 defeating Dunna Janardhana Rao of the TDP. Later, he fought against SC categorisation and criticised Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy on the issue. Local Congress leaders are said to already suggested the names of Nakka Sri Nagesh and Mummidivaram MLA P. Viswaroop as replacement to Mr. Harsha Kumar. 

 

PR rallies for common symbol

KADAPA:

Praja Rajyam functionaries took out a rally from Kadapa demanding that Central Election Commission allot a common symbol to the party. PR district co-convenor B. Hariprasad, district official spokesmen S. Nazeer Ahmed, N. Srinivasula Rao, A. Venkataiah, P. Yogeswara Reddy and Y.M. Pratap Reddy and Kadapa constituency convenor K. Srinivasulu Yadav asserted that the party has 50 lakh members, constituting 16 per cent of eligible voters.

The CEC should allot a common symbol to Praja Rajyam and uphold democracy, as the party president K. Chiranjeevi entered politics responding to the people’s aspirations with a view to changing the deteriorating political set-up, they appealed.

The Praja Rajyam leaders submitted a memorandum to District Revenue Officer K. Madhusudan. Anantapur Staff Reporter adds: The Praja Rajyam activists staged a demonstration in front of the Collectorate here on Wednesday demanding allotment of common symbol to the party. 

 

 PRP activists take to streets for common symbol

They submit memorandum to Joint Collector

Praja Rajyam party activists taking out a rally in Khammam

Praja Rajyam party activists taking out a rally in Khammam on Wednesday. 

KHAMMAM:

Women activists of the Praja Rajyam Party performed a knee-walk feat in front of the Ambedkar statue as part of a big rally in the town demanding uniform election symbol for the party. They presented a memorandum to Joint Collector M. Raghunandan Rao to this effect with a request to forward it to the Election Commission.

Addressing the rallyists, district convenor of the party Lakkineni Raghu said the PRP came into existence with an objective to set right the social inequalities. Development of the State was affected as the ruling party was mired in corruption charges. The ensuing election would be a crucial one and it would usher in a new phase in the State politics.

He said the PRP had a membership of over 50 lakhs which accounts for nearly 16 per cent of total votes. He said many of the elected representatives, including MLAs and MPs, had quit their parties and joined the PRP thus giving it a large support base. The party had received overwhelming response from all sections of people. By all means it would merit consideration for a uniform election symbol, he added.

VIJAYAWADA:

As part of a State wide agitation to exert pressure on the Election Commission to grant a common election symbol, leaders and activists of the Praja Rajyam on Wednesday took out an impressive rally from the party office at Sikhamani centre to the Sub-Collector’s office before submitting a memorandum addressed to the Election Commission, to the office in-charge.

The rally, which was led by Boppana Bhava Kumar, the new convenor of the Praja Rajyam urban unit, included about 300 activists, who walked all the way from the party office to the Sub-Collector’s office in a peaceful protest. All they did was to prominently display the placards demanding the common symbol and enthusiastically waved the party flags.

Mr. Bhava Kumar, after submitting the memorandum to the office in-charge at Sub-Collector’s office, alleged that the ruling Congress was ‘influencing’ the Election Commission not to give a common symbol to the Praja Rajyam, as it feared the rising prospects of the new party. But it was high time the Election Commission granted a common symbol to a party that was born from the wish of people.

Activists of Mahila Rajyam, the women’s wing of the party, actively participated in the rally, though activists of Yuva Rajyam, the youth wing, took exception to not being allowed to be a part of the delegation that submitted the memorandum. They later submitted a copy of the memorandum separately.

 

Crowd goes gaga over Chiru

Police resort to lathicharge near Dhone in Kurnool district

KURNOOL:

Praja Rajayam president Chiranjeevi kick-started his campaign in Kurnool district from Dhone on Wednesday.

The PR chief will tour the district for five days addressing meetings and roadshows in 30 towns.

As the convoy of the actor snaked its way through the narrow streets of Dhone, thousands of slogan shouting youth and women milled around the place.

At many junctions, the youth blocked the convoy to have a glimpse of the actor. Five persons sustained injuries in the melee and the police resorted to caning at R.S. Rangapuram. Mr. Chiranjeevi himself was seen pleading with the police not to be harsh with the crowd. At some place, the PRP volunteers and belligerent crowd scuffled.

After landing at Dhone, Chiranjeevi addressed the gatherings at Kambalapadu centre and Old Bus stand. “Scared by the overwhelming response to my meetings, the leaders of other parties were spreading rumours that the public were coming only to see him”, he said.

He said the Praja Rajyam would emerge as a third force in the State, an alternative to the Congress and the TDP. The PR had set the tone for a change in the State. One could infer from the mutual accusations of corruption between the TDP and Congress leaders how much public money was looted in the State.

‘Image tarnished’

Only the PR could change the destiny of the State and bring respect to politics. People were disappointed by the unruly behaviour of the members in the House, which witnessed the scholarly debate of stalwarts like Puchalapalli Sundaraiah and Vavilala Gopalakrishnaiah. The PR would restore the glory of the Assembly, he said.

He challenged the parties for an open debate over development in the last five decades and criticised the poor state of hospitals and schools in the State.

 

Praja Rajyam activists take to streets for common symbol

: Activists of the Praja Rajyam Party taking out a rally from the party office in Sikhamani centre to Sub-Collector’s office in Vijayawada

Rallying point: Activists of the Praja Rajyam Party taking out a rally from the party office in Sikhamani centre to Sub-Collector’s office in Vijayawada on Wednesday. —

VIJAYAWADA:

As part of a State wide agitation to exert pressure on the Election Commission to grant a common election symbol, leaders and activists of the Praja Rajyam on Wednesday took out an impressive rally from the party office at Sikhamani centre to the Sub-Collector’s office before submitting a memorandum addressed to the Election Commission, to the office in-charge.

The rally, which was led by Boppana Bhava Kumar, the new convenor of the Praja Rajyam urban unit, included about 300 activists, who walked all the way from the party office to the Sub-Collector’s office in a peaceful protest.

All they did was to prominently display the placards demanding the common symbol and enthusiastically waved the party flags.

Mr. Bhava Kumar, after submitting the memorandum to the office in-charge at Sub-Collector’s office, alleged that the ruling Congress was ‘influencing’ the Election Commission not to give a common symbol to the Praja Rajyam, as it feared the rising prospects of the new party. But it was high time the Election Commission granted a common symbol to a party that was born from the wish of people.

Activists of Mahila Rajyam, the women’s wing of the party, actively participated in the rally, though activists of Yuva Rajyam, the youth wing, took exception to not being allowed to be a part of the delegation that submitted the memorandum.

They later submitted a copy of the memorandum separately.

GUNTUR:

 Leaders and activists of the Praja Rajyam on Wednesday took out a rally to the District Collectorate and submitted a memorandum to District Revenue Officer G. Joshi Babu seeking a common election symbol.

The PRP leaders, including district convener Sankuratri Rama Rao, urban convener Kilaru Rosaiah and Maila Rajyam president, led the rally and demanded that a common election symbol be allotted to the party on the lines of symbols given to the Congress and the TDP. They urged the revenue officials to forward their memorandum to the State Election Commission.

Party leaders later told reporters that major national and regional parties have been in jitters ever since the party leader K. Chiranjeevi started taking part in roadshows. The overwhelming response to the roadshows only vindicated popular dissent over the successive governments which have failed to address basic issues concerning the people.

Some members of the party tried to push through the police cordon, which was thwarted the police. Later, they submitted a memorandum to DRO.

  

PRP rally seeks common symbol

VISAKHAPATNAM:

Praja Rajyam leaders and workers took out a procession in the city on Wednesday, seeking allotment of a common symbol to party candidates in the State for the forthcoming elections.

The rally was held from Jagadamba junction to Collectorate. Convener of the district and city units of the party Ganta Srinivasa Rao alleged that the Congress Government and other political parties were trying to block allotment of a common symbol to the Praja Rajyam fearing a clean sweep by the party.

Sizeable membership

The Election Commission should follow the direction of the High Court to examine the issue of allotting a common symbol to the Praja Rajyam, he said. The party had a membership of 50 lakhs and would sweep the elections, Mr. Srinivasa Rao said.

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