Telugu Desam Party‘s trump card in the forthcoming poll campaign, Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao Jr on Thursday began his 33-day state tour from Dasannapeta in Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh.
Clad in a khaki costume reminiscent of his late grandfather and TDP founder-president N T Rama Rao, the scion of Nandamuri family, reached Itchapuram by helicopter from Visakhapatnam to embark on his election campaign.
“I have not come to seek your votes. But, give a thought to the future of our state and also your own lives a day before the election and cast your vote judiciously,” the angry young man of Telugu celluloid said.
The 25-year-old son of Rajya Sabha member Nandamuri Harikrishna recalled how NTR visited every nook and corner of Andhra Pradesh upon launching the TDP in 1982 and travelled 35,000 km to bring about an awareness and enlightenment among people.
“Now every politician in the state is forced to follow in the foot steps of NTR. Such was the impact he left on the state political scene. Not only that, the slew of welfare measures he introduced were unprecedented,” NTR Jr said.
“But the current Congress regime had looted public money through unprecedented corruption. Corruption and only corruption. There is nothing else to write about this government. It claims to be a farmers’ government but 6,000 farmers committed suicide in the last five years,” he said.
“Vote for the TDP and restore a corruption-free rule in the state,” he appealed to the people and wound up his speech with the slogans ‘Jai NTR‘, ‘Jai Telugu Desam‘, ‘Jai Telugu Nadu’ in his grandfather’s style.
Telugu Desam parliamentary party leader K Yerran Naidu, MLA Kodali Sri Venkateswara Rao, MLC Revanth Reddy and other leaders accompanied NTR’s grandson.