Telugu Desam Party President N. Chandrababu Naidu was seen in an entirely different frame of mind on Thursday.
He was seen in a jubilant mood as soon as he stepped out of his bus after a gap of four days. He interacted with the press persons and posed for photographs with the scribes. He even boarded the Outdoor Broadcasting (OB) vans and spoke to the technicians and reporters present there.
For the cooks it was a pleasant surprise. Mr. Naidu entered their tent all of sudden and served food for them. He even praised them for their services rendered during the Vastunna Meekosam padayatra.
The TDP president planted saplings at the camp site in the morning and vanished into the bus again. The padayatra began two-and-a-half hours late. He visited Anjaneya swamy temple located on the National Highway (NH)-9 and offered prayers to the presiding deity. The Telugu Desam leaders shoved and jostled to enter the temple along with him.
The temple priests offered prasadam and a sesha vastram to him. The TDP leaders arranged rest points at regular intervals in view of his health conditions.
As soon as he hit the highway again, he interacted with students of MVR College of Engineering here. Mr. Naidu prompted them to ask questions on corruption and politics. The students sought to know what his party would do for the people if voted to power. They also wanted to know how he would bring back the administration on to right track.
The TDP leader, responding to it, said, “It is a matter of just six months. The administration will be streamlined.” The youth should come forward and join politics. The TDP would earmark 33 percent tickets for them. The Telugu Desam would also provide reservations to the poor students in forward caste students.
Mr. Naidu slipped into the bus again to rest for a while as soon as he crossed Donabanda village. The padayatra resumed after a while.
Mylavaram MLA and TDP district president Devineni Umamaheswara Rao, Nandigama MLA Tangirala Prabhakar, TDP Urban president Vallabhaneni Vamsi, former mayor P. Anuradha, TDP leaders Tumati Premanth and Kesineni Srinivas (Nani), Crushers Owners Association president Jaganmohan Rao and others were present.