The decision of Prajarajyam Party chief Chiranjeevi to skip Lord Venkateswara’s darhsan despite his overnight stay in the temple town, did not go well with the citizens and his party workers here.
“Unless we have the blessings of Lord Venkateswara nothing will work out whomsoever it may be,” a local PRP leader not wanting to be named sighed. Many Chiranjeevi fans and party workers said they were hurt that their leader didn’t bother to have a darshan of the Lord after filing the nomination papers for the Tirupati assembly seat on Saturday.
When some fans kicked up a furore on Sunday, local party leaders tried to assuage their feelings by saying that the matinee idol had suffered a sunstroke! “We had purchased the darshan tickets but he preferred to take rest as he became very tired due to hectic roadshow schedule in the sweltering heat,” a party insider told TOI.
Expressing surprise over the star politician’s behaviour, a senior PRP leader said: “Chiranjeevi refused to go for darshan late on Saturday night or on Sunday morning as he wasn’t very particular about it.” The leader continued: “We are aware of the negative impact TDP founder N T Rama Rao and former PM Indira Gandhi suffered when they skipped the darshan following their busy schedules. We just hope our leader doesn’t face the ignominy of losing the polls.”
Sources said the people and party workers attach a great importance to the Lord sentiment. “More so, since it’s election time. We wish the PRP chief doesn’t invite Lord Balaji’s wrath,” said a BJP leader on condition of anonymity.
Meanwhile, actor-turned-politician Nandamuri Balakrishna, who had also skipped darshan of Lord Venkateswara during his three-day tour of Chittoor district, landed in Tirumala late on Saturday night and had darshan in the early hours of Sunday.
He came rushing from Kadapa where he was conducting roadshows and had the darshan. It is learnt that district TDP leaders prevailed upon Balakrishna and told him about the ill-effects his late father faced when he skipped the darshan of the Lord.