Ramcharan Teja, son of Praja Rajyam president Chiranjeevi (extreme right), taking a look at the replica of the party symbol ‘Rail engine’ at his residence in Hyderabad on Tuesday.
It looks like the other name for politics is money. And this is not just for the politicians but also for all those who are linked with it. The latest to join this happen to be the mobile networks who had a field day, thanks to the forthcoming elections.
It is heard that a major revenue to the tunes of some crores have been earned by them due to the SMS campaign that many political leaders undertook. Reports say that the same database was being given during the starting days at a whopping Rs50-60 lakhs.
As time passed by, the prices got down and now it is heard that the databases are being given away for Rs 2-3 lakhs. While the mobile folks made money, the poor customers had no choice but to get wishes from Chandrababu naidu, local MLAs, Y S R and others.
The PR Prakasam district organising secretary, Mr Battula Brahmananda Reddy, has alleged that the party leaders had demanded money from him for the Parchuru ticket. “I was asked to give Rs 2.5 crore for the Parchuru seat. They said a concession of Rs 50 lakh is being given to me as I have been with the party since its inception,” he said.
“Chiranjeevi and his brothers have no right to talk about corruption,” he said.
However, Mr Brahmananda Reddy was not the only dissident giving trouble to the PR. Party chief Chiranjeevi, who preached Gandhigiri in Shankardada Zindabad, the Telugu remake of Lage Raho Munnabhai, is now stumped by Gandhigiri himself. He is clueless about how to deal with leaders who are silently squatting in front of the party office.
Rayalaseema leaders like Mr Masala Eeranna and Muleti Sudarshan, brother of former minister M. Mareppa, are sitting on a dharna in front of the office. They have made it clear that they will not end the protest until their demands are met.
Other parties too are struggling with dissidents. With just a day left for the withdrawal of nominations for the first phase elections, parties are still trying to convince rebels — some of them even sitting MLAs — who have filed nomination as rebels to withdraw.
The Congress is worried as several influential constituency-level leaders have entered the fray as rebels.
It is believed that the Congress high command has asked the state leadership to “talk” to the rebels and convince them to withdraw. Both the CM and PCC president have asked the rebels to respect the list drawn up by the high command.
The TD and the TRS camps too are tense as the candidates who had filed nominations in each other’s constituencies have not withdrawn from the fray yet.
Most of the “TD-planted” nominees in the TRS constituencies are defying the party leadership’s missive. Mr Naidu has reportedly asked all of the them to withdraw in the early hours of Thursday to avoid further confusion in the Mahakutami. But only one candidate, Mr P.L. Srinivas, has heeded Mr Naidu’s words and has pulled out of the race.
Former mayor Mr Teegala Krishna Reddy, Mr M.N. Srinivas, Mr Sudhir Reddy are still in the contest.
The TRS chief, Mr K. Chandrasekhar Rao too has appealed to the rebels and other “non-official” candidates to withdraw.
Meanwhile, the EC on Wednesday rejected 844 nominations.
Real life is quite different from ‘reel’ life. Actress Jayasudha discovered this the hard way on Wednesday during her maiden campaign trail in her new political ‘avatar’. The actor, who won a wide following with a fine expression of emotions on celluloid, was at great pains to convince the seasoned, to some extent cynical too, electors of Manikeshwari Nagar, which was previously in Musheerabad constituency.
“Manemma promised to construct a hospital, improve roads and provide safe drinking water. We made her Musheerabad MLA believing her, but after the by-elections she disappeared. Our children frequently fall in drains when it rains. Will you solve our problems,” asked the womenfolk from this low income group settlement.
That it was her first and tentative step in electoral politics was very much evident in her campaign style. There were no door-to-door visits, no public address system and no open jeep, which would have facilitated her interaction with voters more effectively.Her private security guarded her jealously, not allowing even the local women to come closer to her.
There was no fanfare and the local leaders meant to guide her in the electoral maze, had this ‘chalta hai’ countenance about them. All the actor could manage to do was just stand out of her car’s sunroof and wave at the residents with a big smile.
Despite these limitations, thanks largely to her star power, women simply thronged her cavalcade. At one or two places she got down from her car to interact with women, who were waiting for her in groups along the road. “We need someone to work for us sincerely. We need basic amenities to improve,” was the common refrain among women. “If you don’t have faith in politicians then I hope at least you have faith in the name Jayasudha. Please have trust and elect me. I may not have experience in politics but I have done enough social work and can bring a positive change in your lives,” she promised wherever she went.
Jaya Sudha Comments On Chiru
NBK made camments on Prajarjyam on 31st March in Chandragiri that we are not all considering PRP in the competition and we are going to compete with Congress Party only.
Reacting to this comments Chiru made another comment countering NBK’s comments -
Chiru says ‘ We (PRP) is special party and we emerged from the hearts of the People. Yes, What Balakrishna said is correct- How can PRP is compete with Party like TDP which can’t know the public problems for the last 25 years. In fact, nobody is competitor for us. we are the champions.
TIRUPATI: Adrenalin gushed as fans whistled, cheered and swayed to every movement of their matinee idol Nandamuri Balakrishna.
No, this is not any ‘first day first show’ report of a just-released movie, nor was there any screen to set on fire. This political development has an obvious ‘filmi’ angle to it.
The ‘glamour quotient’ peaked on Tuesday when film personalities — ‘Yuva Ratna’ Balakrishna, ‘dream girl’ R.K.Roja and actor-turned-producer N. Sivaprasad appeared on the TDP’s open top jeep ‘Chaitanya Ratham’ at the historic Chandragiri town, erstwhile capital of the Vijayanagara emperor Srikrishna Devaraya.
The motorcade on the Tirupati-Chittoor highway attained a yellow hue with party flags forming a welcome arch and the web of festoons criss-crossing the road.
Amid rhythmic drumbeats and pulsating dance by fans, the road show was a ‘rocking’ affair. The presence of Balayya’s former screen companion and party candidate for the Chandragiri Assembly constituency Roja pepped up the charm. Similarly, the Lok Sabha candidate for Chittoor (SC) seat N.Sivaprasad, who staged a comeback with prominent roles in the recent flicks like ‘Danger’, ‘Aatadistha’ and ‘Drona’, too added to the ‘glamour quotient’.
The TDP’s star campaigner is adored in this region for his runaway hit films ‘Samarasimha Reddy’, ‘Narasimha Naidu’, ‘Chennakesava Reddy’ and ‘Seema Simham’, where the protagonist played by him is portrayed as a valour-personified leader from Rayalaseema.
During the road show at Chandragiri, Pakala and Damalcheruvu towns in Chittoor district, his fans repeatedly asked him to slap his thigh and twirl the moustache — considered acts of bravery and heroism — which he gladly did. This act gave the extra ‘kick’ to his admirers, who went into a further state of dizziness and lustily cheered him throughout the procession.
However, Balayya’s lack of homework was evident with his less-than-impressive speech. While eloquence and effective articulation were the hallmark of late N.T. Rama Rao, Balakrishna minced words often and occasionally stuttered, finding it difficult to drive home his message. His campaign managers too could have done a better job by updating him on local issues.
Did Telugu Mahila president Roja decide to withdraw from contest?
According to sources in the NTR Trust Bhavan, Roja has taken a decision to opt out of the contest at the last moment, because she was upset with the way Nandamuri Balakrishna behaved with her during the campaign. She is learnt to have told TD president N Chandrababu Naidu that Balaiah had abused her in foul language in front of every body on the Ratham.
And she made it clear that she would not contest the polls or campaign for the party, unless Balaiah apologised to her.
Well…well…the story may be interesting to read this day.. After all, it is All Fools Day!!
“Chiranjeevi is a good actor on screen and off the screen he is a better actor”, say observers.
“His mouth is filled with many creative ‘boothulu’ and he regularly uses them on his party members and people those move in his close contours. If you can observe, even on stage he smiles and murmurs a few words in the ears of people those stand beside him. And those words are not related to wisdom but ‘nasty boothulu”, say those have observed the act.
He knows how to use ‘boothulu’ even with smiling face. He is highly image conscious and hence he cannot tolerate if anything is happening or anyone is moving out of his wish. Hence he instantly gets irritated and uses ‘boothulu’ without changing the smile on his face. Apart from this he also uses same ‘boothulu’ for public as well, it seems. As per observers it seems that he says with smiling face and waving hands, “These public are fools. They come in huge numbers. But will these ‘…………….’ Vote for us?” That can be possible only for big actor. Isn’t it!
Someone said that his boothulu sometimes would recall the famous Jandhyala’s film ‘Hi Hi Nayaka’ where Kota Srinivasa Rao utters ‘boothulu’ those cannot be heard by any ear on this earth!!!
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Perhaps, for the first time, Praja Rajyam Party president Chiranjeevi had the taste of factionism in Rayalaseema.
The way PRP’s Anantapur candidate T J Prakash’s car was blown up with bombs by his rivals must have sent shockwaves in the party camp, especially in Chiranjeevi. Though he harped on eradication of bomb culture in Rayalaseema, this incident happened right under his nose, would have taught him a lesson: that he cannot ignore faction leaders while giving tickets.
There are already a few faction leaders in the PRP. And in future, there is no guarantee that they would make a mess of the party in faction-ridden Rayalaseema. You have entered the field, Chiru! Be prepared for everything!!
Chiranjeevi used his most famous Stalin Mantra today in his road show. You may wonder what that mantra is. Just recall his movie ‘Stalin’ in which he preached the idea of ‘chain helping’.
He asks everyone to help any three by preaching them to help three each. That Utopian idea was preached in the film Stalin which is used by Chiranjeevi today. He asked everyone to vote for PRP and also tell three each to vote for the same. He promised that the people would see bright future by doing so.
Let us see how far this mantra works in his favor.