Jr. NTR for greater role to youth, women in TD
No mention of Telangana in the 3-day Mahanadu
HYDERABAD: ‘Mahanadu', the three-day biennial convention of Telugu Desam Party (TDP), concluded here on Saturday with party-founder N.T.Rama Rao's clan, particularly Jr. NTR, infusing optimism among youth and women of the party.
Actor N. Balakrishna was also present on the dais throughout the day's proceedings.
The sheer presence of Jr. NTR, N. Balakrishna besides N. Harikrishna kept the delegates glued to the meeting venue, Telugu Vijayam campus, unlike the first two days. An icon for TDP youth, Jr. NTR almost asserted himself by seeking a greater role for youth and women in the party, though he said it was a request.
“Let's pledge to give a huge victory to TDP whenever we face elections next”, Jr. NTR asked the party delegates. Going a step further Mr. Balakrishna said the fluid political situation in the State could bring elections any time.
Senior party leader Y. Ramakrishnudu said most of the leaders of the party were aged politically and it was time to give way to the youth to rejuvenate the party. It would not be humiliation to the seniors, if they were taken on advisory board, he suggested.
However, there was no definite assurance from party president N. Chandrababu Naidu on the demand. Party's concern over the electronic voting machines (EVMs) was reflected when Mr. Ramakrishnudu raised the issue for the second time in the day stating that no developed country in the world with even 100 per cent literacy was using them.
The Election Commission's talk of online voting was also too premature as the country had only 60 pc literacy and the digital literacy was much lower.
The delegates' enthusiasm was also visible when young leaders like legislator A. Revanth Reddy and Telugu Nadu Students' Federation (TNSF) president N. Narsi Reddy spoke on resolution on law and order. It was conspicuous that the meeting did not debate present political situation in the State and at no point of time any leader made even a mention of Telangana.