A diehard fan of NTR and his party

Staff Reporter

Koteshwara Rao, though physically challenged is not tired of his scooter journeys

He says he travelled one lakh kilometres for the party on his two-wheeler

Srikakulam: Gonuguntala Koteshwara Rao, an ardent admirer of Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao and a hardcore loyalist of the Telugu Desam Party has not abandoned his two-wheeler journeys which took him across the length and breadth of the State along with the “Chaitanya Ratham” of Mr. Rama Rao right from the inception of the party in 1982.

Despite the demise of the leader he so much admired and held dear to his heart, he continues the journeys to serve the party .

Koteshwara Rao, though physically disabled is not tired of his scooter journeys. The lines of Alfred Lord Tennyson

“Men may come and men may go but I go on for ever” is apt to describe his loyalty to the party. Many had come and gone during the life of the 26-year-old party but the man who clung to the soul of the departed leader (party) is deeply grieved at those leaders who benefited a lot from the party but deserted it in it’s hour of trial.

Koteshwara Rao who had a chat with The Hindu during his participation in the Mee Kosam yatra of Nara Chandrababu Naidu says that he loves to be the moving spirit of NTR, being part of the long cavalcade of vehicles be it for election campaigns, chaitanya Yatras, Mee Kosam or whatever the campaigns are dubbed as. “Only death can separate me from my party and mission of bringing back the TDP to power in order to carry on the vision of the founder,” he says.

45-year-old Koteshwararao has completed 1 lakh kilometres on his Bajaj Chetak scooter, braving sun strokes , chilly winters and even the downpours of the monsoon. He started off his scooter campaigns for the party when he was just 20 years old. Asked who finances his journeys, he proudly says that he spends his own money earning through a small business enterprise which keeps him and his family going.

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