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By Our Special Correspondent
TIRUPATI. Dec. 21. The Chief Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu's brother, Nara Ramamurthy Naidu, who recently joined the Congress, led a rally in the Nara brothers' traditional Chandragiri constituency on Sunday. His caravan with a handful of his followers also travelled beyond Chandragiri covering Tirupati and Srikalahasti.
Sporting the Congress `kanduva' replacing the yellow shirt which he wore all along, Mr. Ramamurthy Naidu launched his campaign after worshipping in his favourite Kanipakkam Vinayakaswamy temple near Chittoor. None of the nine MLAs, which the Congress has in the district, was present in his motorcade. This clearly reflected the sullen attitude prevailing in the Congress ever since the high command roped in Mr. Ramamurthy Naidu much against their wish. The former Chandragiri MLA, G. Arunakumari, who openly hoisted a banner of revolt against the PCC when some State leaders were keen on wooing Mr. Ramamurthy Naidu into the party, was obviously not seen anywhere around and so did the DCC president and the Piler MLA, P. Ramachandra Reddy.
Among those who either received him or joined his rally en route were: the ZPP vice-chairperson, Peddi Reddy, the Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes Cell member; Reddappa, the PCC member; Subba Reddy, the Tirupati ward councillor, P. Murali, the former Srikalahasti MLA, Chenchu Reddy, and the former Municipal Chairperson, Shantharam J. Pawar.
Present with Mr. Ramamurthy Naidu on board his open-top vehicle was M. Suraj, former Sathyavedu MLA, who also joined the Congress along with him in Delhi.
Traversing through the Chandragiri constituency covering en route some of his strong pockets, Mr. Ramamurthy Naidu reached Srikalahasti ending his much-hyped `Congress yathra.'
Earlier, talking to newsmen at Kanipakkam, Mr. Ramamurthy Naidu scoffed at his brother's programmes.
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