Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD: The annual conclave of Telugu Desam Party (TDP), Mahanadu, was a drab affair for the second day on Friday with key leaders and other delegates remaining passive participants. Neither any leader's speech was electrifying, nor was there any star attraction to captivate the delegates.

When party's Rajya Sabha member N. Harikrishna wielded the microphone to pay tributes to his father and TDP founder N.T. Rama Rao, there was an air of enthusiasm among the delegates for a brief while. The real tribute to NTR would be to bring back the party to power, he told the partymen on his father's 88 {+t} {+h} birth anniversary.

He gave a wake-up call to the partymen. “Why are we living like slaves and why are we in deep slumber. Let's wake up,” Mr. Harikrishna exhorted the activists. He stated that his actor-brother N. Balakrishna had gone to unveil a statue of NTR being installed by their sister and Union Minister D. Purandeshwari at Bapatla.

Mr. Harikrishna made it clear that the NTR clan would never seek political shelter in Congress. They would rather they give up lives. “I am confident our children also won't do it,” he said.

Tributes to NTR

In his tribute to NTR, party president N. Chandrababu Naidu said he had learnt discipline and hard work from NTR. He asked the party rank and file to bring back the sections that distanced themselves from the party due to various reasons. Employees had distanced from TDP in 2004 as they felt the TDP government had overburdened them with heavy work. He promised to give priority to youth and women in the party.