On the first anniversary of the party’s founding, Praja Rajyam Party (PRP) president K. Chiranjeevi on Wednesday resolved to re-dedicate himself to taking the party’s line of change and social justice effectively to people by undertaking another round of road shows after the Assembly session.
Mr. Chiranjeevi went on an introspective note while addressing the cadres after hoisting the party flag at its office. He admitted that despite the initial response to his public appearances and his public contact programme ‘Praja Ankitha Yatras’, many things had gone wrong.
Lack of a proper organisational set-up and the inability to handle the onslaught on the fledgling party by political opponents were the key reasons for the party’s dismal performance in the elections. This was despite the enthusiasm shown by lakhs of people across the State and even when the party polled around 17 per cent of the total votes, he said..
Mr. Chiranjeevi described as "Operation Pralobh," the attempt by the Congress and the Telugu Desam to lure his party leaders into their fold. This had hurt the PRP. It was time to go to the people with a firm plan and not keep mulling over those who had deserted the party. "I am happy with those who are in the party now and I will go the people, for they are my real strength. It is a good augury that we have been allotted the symbol of full Sun with the rays."
Referring to the Tekkali Assembly by-election, he said the party would send a team of senior leaders to campaign for its candidate. "Success in the by-election will prove to my political opponents that I am a force to reckon with," he said. The party would go all out to perform well in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation elections, he asserted.
Several senior leaders and MLAs, including P. Upendra, K. Vidyadhara Rao, C. Ramachandraiah, Allu Aravind and K. Nagengra Babu were present.
The party organised rallies and flag-hoisting functions in different parts of the State to mark the occasion.