A 62-man group comes all the way from his constituency
They were grown using Israeli technology
They discuss problems related to the constituency
VISAKHAPATNAM: Fruits brought from Kuppam, his Assembly constituency, perhaps pepped up the spirit of Telugu Desam president and former Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu during his Mee Kosam programme, which entered 56th day on Sunday.
A 62-men contingent comprising his die-hard followers came all the way from Kuppam to Visakhapatnam to meet their leader and discuss with him the problems concerning the constituency in Chittoor district on Saturday by Chennai-Howrah express train. Along with them, they brought watermelons, papaya, mangoes and other fruits grown with drip irrigation under the Israeli technology introduced during the nine-year Telugu Desam rule.
The team consisted of P.S. Muniratnam, ex-mandal parishad president and constituency in-charge, Suresh Kumar, sarpanch of Tambiganipalem and P.S. Renukapati, Mr. Naidu’s close lieutenant. After meeting their leader, they spent the rest of the day in the city to have some recreation on beach road. “We wanted to see our leader, who was away from Kuppam for so many days,” Mr. Suresh Kumar told The Hindu.
Mr. Naidu, who held road shows at Sabbavaram, Pendurthy and other places before halting at a private guest house to spend the night near Anandapuram, was found sharpening his attack against the omissions and commissions of the Congress Government in the State.
On the driver’s seat
For a change, Mr. Naidu surprised everyone by stopping his convoy during his road how near Sabbavaram and asking all the drivers of lorries, stranded on the highway due to his programme, to apprise him of their problems.
Flattered by the praises showered on him by some drivers on relatively less corruption at Ichhapuram and other check gates and negligible harassment by police and others during TDP rule, he promised social security measures for them along with insurance and free houses. Mr. Naidu sat on a driver’s seat in a lorry for sometime, posed for photos and later announced that he would also create a corpus fund for giving some support to the drivers when they turn old.
“It’s quite impressive that a leader of his stature spared sometime to interact with us to know our problems,” K. Brahmanand, a long-distance driver from Vijayawada, remarked.