Notwithstanding the spate of resignations from the party and criticism from various quarters, Praja Rajyam president Chiranjeevi’ s roadshow drew enthusiastic crowds at various places in the city on Monday.
Though vehicles moved freely 15 minutes before he arrived at Jagadamba junction, the roads were full by the time he arrived. People got onto balconies and shop floors to catch a glimpse of the megastar. Youth took up vantage positions on the supporting structure of a huge advertisement hoarding.
A youth was heard saying: “He has tanned a lot, perhaps, due to long hours of standing in the harsh sun”. A woman said: “He was like that from the beginning. It’s all makeup in films”. There were some others who seemed to feel sorry for the star sweating it out in the sun.
The crowd cheered him as he spoke in his characteristic style. They went into a thunderous applause as he began saying: “I will remain indebted to you all my life and I hope you will give me a permanent place in your hearts.” Coming down heavily on his detractors, he said Praja Rajyam had proved its commitment to social justice with the allotment of ticket to over 100 BC candidates.
Other parties, which had failed to give ticket to so many BCs, were making false allegations in a bid to neutralise the growing popularity of the Praja Rajyam. Their only objective was to cling to power at any cost but there would be no stopping the PR as people were looking for a change.
Referring to the power cuts, Chiranjeevi said: “They (Congress) think that it is in their hands to indulge in power cuts. It’s time to cut their power.”
After crossing CMR junction, he went down into the van much to the disappointment of those waiting along the route to catch a glimpse of the star. Scores of people gathered at Seethammadhara junction but he left soon after garlanding a statue of freedom fighter Alluri Seetharama Raju.
At Arilova, women who stood for a long time along the road, were disappointed as Chiranjeevi was inside the van and they couldn’t see him. Many were seen waiting on the road after he left thinking that he would return.
Earlier, addressing a huge gathering at Kancharapalem junction, he said that Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy was suffering from ‘son stroke’. He ridiculed Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s appreciation of Dr. Rajasekhara Reddy and asked: “What development had he done to the State”?
He alleged that Dr. Reddy had gained assets and amassed huge wealth for his family members. Referring to the Mahakutami (Grand Alliance), he said that it was coalition that was formed only for power politics but not for development of the State.
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