Mahesh Babu’s uncle Adi Sheshagiri Rao was speaking to media yesterday said ‘ If the congress Party needs and Dr.YS Rajashekar Reddy asks for the help of prince Mahesh Babu’s help in party campaigning in the second face of Polls, Mahesh Babu is ready to the needful to the party. But at the same time, I feel that congress party doesn’t require the services of Mahesh babu as Party’s welfare schemes and YSR’s development is enough to bring the victory to the party.
Barely 48 hours ahead of polling for the first phase in the State, the Praja Rajyam Party (PRP) Tuesday received a rude jolt in the form of a sting operation by a regional TV channel, casting doubt over the party’s credibility.
Making matters worse, PRP’s women’s wing Mahila Rajyam president Shobha Rani acted high-handedly with the channel’s reporter and cameraman and tried to snatch the camera.
Shobha Rani’s high-handedness with the crew of the TV channel evoked a rash of protests among mediapersons.
Journalist unions condemned her behaviour and sought action against her by the Election Commision (EC).
However, Shobha Rani later tendered an apology to the reporter and the cameraman but demanded that the channel management apologise for the sting operation carried out, dubbing it as sham.
The channel telecast the sting operation in which PRP’s Lok Sabha candidate from Bhongir Chandramouli Goud told a party leader S Prabhakar Reddy that PRP vice-president Devender Goud had taken money from the Congress to field him from there.
Chandramouli Goud alleged that Devender Goud deliberately fielded him from Bhongir constituency to help the Congress candidate win from there. He alleged that Devender Goud had taken big amounts of money from the Congress for `match-fixing’.
As soon as the operation was telecast, the PRP felt the heat and its party leaders tried to scale down the impact.
Devender Goud said the operation was a conspiracy hatched by the Congress and the TDP to suppress the SCs, STs and BCs.
Party political affairs committee member KSR Murthy stated that such practices would be dealt with seriously and not be tolerated even if party general secretary and Chiranjeevi’s brother- in-law Allu Aravind was involved.
Chandramouli Goud said he was not aware of the operation and had casually spoken to Prabhakar Reddy.
Soon after the incident, the victims, along with journalists from other media organisations, lodged a complaint with Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) I V Subba Rao and requested him to take action against the accused.
The CEO termed the attack on journalists as an unfortunate incident and assured to take up the issue with the Director-General of Police to initiate action against the accused as per law.
Meawhile, PRP leader Upendra, along with other leaders, called upon the CEO asking for restrictions on the TV channel for telecasting false news.
He termed the sting operation as an attack of rival political parties using dubbed video.
Parakala Prabhakar who made sensational allegations on PRP after resigning from the party. After these allegations, Parakala says that he is getting threatening calls from some unidentified persons. So Parakala decided to meet DGP today evening and request him to provide security.
The master movie maker Allu Aravind may be a major hit when it comes to movies and a master strategist in selling them but it looks like he has applied the same formula in politics too which seems to have backfired.
Known as the right arm for megastar Chiranjeevi, Allu Aravind has been the cause of a major uproar in the Praja Rajyam party and now it is said that the fire has been coming right from their own community, the Kapus. This happens to be a statement from the Kapu Union:
“We Will Boycott Allu Aravind From Kapu Caste” which goes to show the hatred on Allu Aravind that has been growing.
It is heard that the Kapu community is getting embarrassed taking the name of Allu Aravind.A press meet was held in Anakapalli by Kapu leaders and they were heard saying that Allu has brought shame for their community. They are miffed with the fact that he has spoiled the philosophy of Chiranjeevi and his ideals by selling the party tickets.
It is also being said that getting Ramcharan and Allu Arjun into the canvassing was wrong move as they are just kids. Chiru’s goal of having PRP was to give life for BCs, STs and SCs but Allu Aravind is said to have ruined that noble thought with his evil motives.
The Kapu heads are alleging that he is selfish and that’s why he grabbed Anakapalli seat. They also added that he knows nothing about social service and they would see his defeat.
Gandikota Kamalakar Rao, the Chief Advisor to Kapus is believed to have said that PRP has lost its image due to Allu Aravind. He is demanding that Allu should leave politics and stay away from it otherwise they will boycott him from their caste.
The meet was also graced by state level Kapu leaders like Paneeru Ramachandra Rao, Trilok and Narendra. Though the protests seem to be gathering a lot of heat, Allu Aravind seems to be unfazed by the whole situation. Let us see how long this will continue.
The Praja Rajyam Party came in with huge expectations when it was formed but with each passing day, its shine began to fade and now it looks like the very existence of the party has come under threat.
This is led by none other than megastar Chiranjeevi and it was expected that he would create a major landslide just like the legendary NTR when he established the Telugu Desam Party and stood for elections in the year 1983. However, all that charisma of Chiru seems to have taken the back seat with the huge amount of dissidence that grew within the party as soon as the tickets list was announced.
The common complaint that most of the dissidents were making was the selling of the tickets at particular prices which sounded more like a business than a party giving tickets to the deserving and true leaders.
With some key members already leaving the party, there is news that those who are still with PRP are waiting for the elections to get over and soon they would also be following a path out either to their original parties or somewhere else.
This in itself will become a challenge for Chiru to hold on to the reins of the party and keep it together from falling apart. The brighter side is, those who are loyal to PRP say that the party has got all chances to play a key role in the formation of the next government and nothing will happen to its foundations no matter the developments in the past few days.
Film actor Akkineni Nagarjuna, who did not take an active part in the Congress election campaign so far, even though he pledged his support to it, came out for the first time with a statement seeking votes for the party.
It may be recalled that with several stars, including Mr. Nagarjuna, superstar Krishna’s son, Mahesh Babu, had offered to do their bit during the campaign. However, not much of their involvement was witnessed in the past few weeks.
The only person who is ensuring constant visibility is NTR Junior, reaching out to people through the media even from home, recuperating from an injury to the spinal cord and the lumbar region due to a recent accident.
Talking to the media here on Monday, Mr. Nagarjuna stated that only two leaders had in the past few decades made promises and delivered on them. It was the legendary N.T. Rama Rao who drew attention by harping on the Telugu pride and how he promised to give rice at Rs. 2 a kilo. “He stuck to his promise and implemented the scheme along with several other populist programmes aimed at helping the poor, on the welfare front.”
There is no place in the earth where robbers cannot use their skills to loot people. And Praja Rajyam Party president Chiranjeevi’s train yatra is also no exception.
As the train was passing through Ongole, some thieves stolen Rs 1 lakh cash, 22 mobile phones and even gold ornaments from the fans of Chiranjeevi and PRP activists within the train. How and when it happened, nobody knows. Such was the skill of the train robbers. The Singarayakonda police registered a case.
Hope, Chiru or Aravind will use this episode in any of the films in future.
The Telugu Desam Party is not leaving any chance to grab victory in the elections and in the process, make some quick money. The party leadership has sent CDs containing speeches of TD’s star campaigner Jr NTR to all parts of the state, so that the local level leaders would either telecast or screen them in public display to attract voters. Since Jr NTR is not a position to campaign in the elections, the CDs containing his speeches made during the road shows before accident would attract voters to the TD, the leadership felt.
However, the local level party leaders are making a quick money by selling the CDs to party workers, rather than telecasting or broadcasting them. The workers are preserving them as if they are some film CDs!
The authorities have made all poll-related as well as security arrangements for the first phase of the poll in 154 assembly and 22 parliamentary constituencies in the Telangana region and north coastal Andhra Pradesh.
As many as 31.1 million voters in these constituencies spread over 13 districts will decide the electoral fortunes of 315 candidates for the Lok Sabha and 1,833 candidates for the assembly. Polling will be conducted in 36,124 polling stations.
In the second phase, 140 assembly and 20 parliamentary seats will go to the polls on April 23. This phase will cover 26.6 million voters in 30,427 polling stations.
The authorities have made massive security arrangements to ensure peaceful and free and fair elections. Chief Electoral Officer I V Subba Rao said 118,000 police personnel apart from 208 companies of central paramilitary forces and AP Special Police are being deployed.
There were two opinions on Parakala Prabhakar at this juncture as he jumped out from PRP and started mudslinging on it. It is said that Ramoji is the person behind Parakala’s episode. Parakala Prabhakar has been associated with ETV for quite a long time and he has very good rapport with Ramoji Rao. Parakala gained popularity with ETV and hence he is highly loyal for Ramoji Rao.
It was pre planned by Ramoji Rao to plant Parakala in PRP and later use him in support of TDP knowing the strengths and weaknesses of Chiranjeevi’s party that shows detrimental affect on TDP than another party. So, highly reliable source from Eenadu group says that even though Parakala aims at joining Congress, that’s again to do covert job for Ramoji Rao.
So, Parakala is Ramoji’s man, which means a hardcore supported of TDP.