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NANDAMURI TOUCH: Film actor Nandamuri Kalyanram besieged by fans in Vijayawada on Thursday. Photo: Ch. Vijaya Bhaskar
NANDAMURI TOUCH: Film actor Nandamuri Kalyanram besieged by fans in Vijayawada on Thursday. Photo: Ch. Vijaya Bhaskar

Staff Reporter

Telugu Desam Party founder's 11th death anniversary observed

VIJAYAWADA: Waiting expectantly till then, a small crowd jumped in joy, as a young star brimming with verve and vigour stepped out of a car. Nandamuri Kalyanram sported his trademark grin and waved to his fans before going up a ladder to garland the statue of his grandfather and former Chief Minister late N.T. Rama Rao at NTR Circle, Patamata, on the legendary actor's 11th death anniversary on Thursday.

Dressed in a resplendent greenish blue shirt, Kalyanram of `Athanokkade' fame brought back memories of NTR to the latter's fans. With all humility and respect, the young hero behaved in a manner befitting the solemn occasion and paid obeisance to the founder of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP).

Though Kalyanram was present only for a few minutes, his presence left a mark on those who gathered for observing the death anniversary.

Several party leaders and former corporators exchanged pleasantries with the actor and introduced him to local leaders on the occasion.

Some of them asked the actor to speak a few words about NTR, but he preferred to maintain a low profile. Accompanied by office-bearers of Nandamuri Bala Krishna (NBK) Charities, Kalyanram rushed to participate in a string of programmes.

Statue garlanded

The TDP urban and district leadership organised various programmes to observe the death anniversary of the party founder.

At the TDP office, leaders gathered in strength and garlanded the bronze statue of NTR.

They recalled the services that N.T. Rama Rao had rendered to strengthen the glory of Telugu-speaking people.

TDP urban president Gadde Rammohan said that it was NTR who worked relentlessly for the welfare of the poor and introduced several innovative programmes to give them a sense of social and financial security. Many leaders later sought to imitate NTR in reaching out to the poor people and continued to implement his programmes under different names, he observed. Mr. Rammohan made a special mention of NTR's contribution to the city, more so the establishment of the University of Health Sciences here.

The TDP cadre distributed cloths to the poor at special camps organised to mark the occasion in the city. At several places, sweets and fruits were distributed among the poor.

TDP urban vice-president Nagula Meera, former president Boppana Raghavendra Rao, Bonda Umamaheswara Rao, Buddha Venkanna and Yelamanchili Gowranga Babu were present.

VIJAYAWADAGUNTUR: Welfare works in slums and paying floral tributes to the founder of Telugu Desam Party N.T. Rama Rao in Guntur marked the 11th death anniversary of the former Chief Minister.

Telugu Desam leaders, Ponnur MLA Dhulipalla Narendra Kumar, Official Representative Nannapaneni Rajakumari, former Guntur MP Y.V. Rao and party district president Prathipati Pulla Rao, at meeting remembered the welfare measures initiated by the party founder.

There was no other leader, who had so much of public support, and helped the people in need, former Zilla Parishad Chairman Pathuri Nagabhushanam said. In all colonies party functionaries organized tents and fed the poor distributed clothes, rice and fruits.

His leadership was unparalleled and his innovative schemes took him closer to people, said Mr. Pulla Rao. The initiatives taken by NT Rama Rao had put Andhraites on the national map and people began recognising them.


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