HYDERABAD: A move by the All India NTR Fans Association to use Telugu Desam’s ‘Yuva Garjana’ in Guntur on November 5 as a platform to project film actor Nandamuri Balakrishna as the party’s chief ministerial candidate in the next elections, is gradually gaining ground.
For the last three weeks, the association has been holding low-key meetings in the city to motivate fans, nearly all of whom are also TDP workers, to make all-out efforts to make the ‘garjana’ a roaring success. But the discussions at these meetings invariably centre around making Mr. Balakrishna the political heir of NTR.
Every day since the past two weeks, dozens of diehard fans of NTR have been meeting the association president and former MLA, Sripathi Rajeshwar, when they discuss ways and means of contributing to the success of the ‘garjana’ and simultaneously thrashing out the modalities of leveraging their loyalty in pursuit of their objective to promote Mr. Balakrishna.
Mr Rajeshwar recalled how NTR ‘liberated’ people from the ‘demonic rule’ of the Congress in the 80s. The situation was much the same today in the State since 2004 and Mr. Balakrishna was the ideal choice to don the robes of a ‘liberator’ now, he said.
Dismisses Chiru yatra
About the people’s response to Chiranjeevi’s ‘Praja Ankitha Yatra’, Mr. Rajeshwar said there was no way he could even be compared with NTRInterestingly, NTR’s fans deflect pointed questions about where their allegiance lay - in the Balakrishna camp or that of Chandrababu Naidu, by saying “Of course, when Mr. Balakrishna fills the Chief Minister’s seat, we are praying to the almighty to see that Mr. Naidu becomes Prime Minister.”