Trek up to Tirumala seeking victory for YSR
TIRUPATI: With the onset of the election season, each community is finding its own unique way to show its sense of gratitude to the party of its choice.
Nayee Brahmins—the community of hair-dressers, ‘nadaswaram’ and ‘dolu’ artistes were on Tuesday on a trek up the Tirumala foot-path for a different purpose. Blowing pipes and beating drums, the artistes walked up the flight of steps to Tirumala seeking the divine intervention of the Lord Venkateswara for the victory of the Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy in the ensuing elections.
The artistes, mostly youngsters converged at Alipiri, the foot of the Seven Hills and started playing their instruments. After the customary poojas, the artistes, led by the State president of the Nayee Brahmana Vriththidarula Sangham-- Thondamalla Pullayya, started climbing the steep flight of steps rendering classical ‘kritis’.
The Association chief has given a call to the members of the community to replicate the programme in all the major temples of Andhra Pradesh as a gesture of goodwill towards the YSR government for the sops it had announced for the community. They cited in this connection the government’s directions to the Endowments Department to fill all the 460 vacant posts of ‘nadaswaram’ and ‘dolu vidwans’ remaining unfilled in various temples of the State.
Another reason for their ‘quid pro quo’ gesture was the waiver of all the loans they owed to the AP State Nayee Brahmins Federation and so also the allocation of a whopping Rs. 1 crore budget for their welfare schemes in the coming fiscal.
“We have embarked on a novel programme starting from Tirumala and wish to take up in all important shrines in the state in due course,” said Pullayya before his team was flagged off at Alipiri by the Tirupati City Congress unit leaders. Not to lag behind, the contestants are also finding smart ways to woo the voters toeing the line of their State leaders.
No party is an exception in this. One contestant canvassing for votes in a hair dressing saloon was seen trying his hand in giving a nice shave to a voter, amid anxious moments both to himself and the barber. Another sought to give a helping hand to a house wife in a local slum in giving bath to her kid.
Candidates posing for photographs in laundries, with push-cart vendors, farm workers, black-smith units, tractors have become a routine feature.