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I am not a political novice: Chiru

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Star-struck!: College students clicking Praja Rajyam president Chiranjeevi with their mobiles at Avanthi College during Praja Ankita Yatra at Tagarapuvalasa Junction in Visakhapatnam district on Tuesday. —
Star-struck!: College students clicking Praja Rajyam president Chiranjeevi with their mobiles at Avanthi College during Praja Ankita Yatra at Tagarapuvalasa Junction in Visakhapatnam district on Tuesday. —

Staff Reporter

‘I have a mission to make all happy and provide real praja rajyam’

Acquisition of lands benefits only ‘bada babus’, says PR chief

Chiranjeevi urges people to help establish

value-based government

VISAKHAPATNAM: Declaring that he was not a political novice, film actor-turned-politician Chiranjeevi on Tuesday said he floated Praja Rajyam on the request of his fans to usher in a new era and provide happiness to all.

“My fans are innocent. They voted several times but no government did anything for them to mitigate their suffering. Are my fans politically innocent? Certainly no, as they are conscious about their rights,” he told roadside meetings from his Praja Ankita Yatra ratham.

Roadshows

“How can they (my political detractors) say there is no political vacuum and no space for a new party in the State? Why are people suffering even after so many years of Independence?

‘Aam janata’ is suffering due to price rise, inflation and for want of drinking water, houses and jobs,” he told cheering fans at the roadshows he held at Tagarapuvalasa, Anandapuram, Vellanki, Pendurthy and other places in the district.

Mission

Mr. Chiranjeevi said: “I am not here to mesmerise you as an actor. It is a mission for me to make all of you happy by providing a real praja rajyam (people’s rule).”

Sharpening his attack on acquisition of lands for coastal corridor and special economic zones, he said this would benefit only the “bada babus” (big shots).

Owes it to fans

“What business the powers-that-be had to displace farmers and fishermen and force them to face livelihood problems?” he asked amid “jai Chiranjeeva” slogans.

Stating that he owed success in life to his followers who toiled a lot to make him a superstar, he said he accepted the invitation to join active politics just because of their request.

“Let’s us all establish a corruption-free and value-based government, where everyone will be happy and cheerful,” he said.

Ganta Srinivasa Rao, who recently resigned as Chodavaram MLA, CMA Zaheer Ahmad, S.A. Rehaman, Srinivasa Rao of Avanthi educational group, Pendurthi MPP Rajababa and other leaders of Praja Rajyam accompanied Mr. Chiranjeevi.


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