Special Correspondent

Event at Royal Albert’s Palace has speakers from different walks of life

Telugu community in the US welcomes the political ‘arangetram’ of actor

HYDERABAD: In what was described as one of the largest gatherings of an ethnic Indian community in the US, over 2,000 persons of Telugu origin echoed their feeling, welcoming the political ‘arangetram’ of film actor Chiranjeevi. A press release said the five-hour ‘mega prabhanjanam’, organised at the Royal Albert’s Palace in New Jersey on July 13, had speakers from different walks of life. They endorsed the need for the actor to enter politics to ‘cleanse the system’ of its ills. Prominent among the participants were Congressman and New Jersey Assembly Deputy Speaker Upendra Chivukula and Chairman of the Congress Ways and Means Committee & President of the New York Congressional Delegation Charlie Rangel. It was organised by Vasudeva Reddy Chinna and the actor’s fans across the US and Canada. The gathering included IT techies, doctors, entrepreneurs and other professionals. The common factor that bound them together was their admiration for Chiranjeevi. Indians who flew in to take part included singers Anita Krishna, Surekha and Gangadhar. In video messages, Chiranjeevi’s brother K. Nagendra Babu and top aide Mitra said the party would function with a positive agenda and a pro-active, pro-people and progressive approach.