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Debut in politics: Chiranjeevi wary, kin enthusiastic

S. Nagesh Kumar

Appeals to supporters to remain patient till he makes an announcement



Contemplative mood: Film star Chiranjeevi with Union Minister Dasari Narayan Rao in Hyderabad on Thursday.

HYDERABAD: Film star Chiranjeevi was unwilling on Thursday to raise the curtains on his much-speculated entry into the political arena though his close family members dropped enough hints that he was indeed contemplating making his debut.

In his maiden interaction with the media at a lunch marking the obsequies of his father, K. Venkata Rao, the ‘megastar’ said that he had no opportunity to mull the question of making an entry into politics since he was preoccupied with the ceremonies. Asked whether he would make any significant announcement in a month or two, he said, “I have not given it that much thought.”

Appeal to supporters

He said he had issued the appeal to his supporters “to remain patient till I make an announcement on this issue” as many of them were getting restive. When it was pointed out that a large number of leaders were expectantly waiting for him to launch a political party, he said, “are they reading my mind.”

His brother-in-law Allu Arvind was, however, more forthcoming. He said, “you (the media) are taking us to the railway junction when we are standing on the platform. We will not catch any train that passes by. We are waiting for a train that will take us to the right destination.” He was responding to a question whether Mr. Chranjeevi was nursing the idea of aligning with any of the emerging political groups. It was pointed out to him that an appropriate parallel could be drawn with the entry of N. T. Rama Rao, also a star, into politics in 1982. But, the similarity ended there because the political space was wide open then in the absence of a strong opposition to the Congress. Was there political space now, he was asked. The film producer, who demonstrated his political savvy and sharp riposte, quipped, “there is space in the people’s minds (for Chiranjeevi).”

Pavan Kalyan, the film star’s younger brother, said in response to a question that Chiranjeevi was looking towards serving the society but he had not revealed his mind. He said “whether it is launching of a political party or stepping up our social activities, I will stand by him,” he said. He denied a press report suggesting his joining Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).

Among those present on the occasion were Union Minister Dasari Narayan Rao, Chief Minister’s political adviser K. V. P. Ramachandra Rao, Congress MP Ch. Harirama Jogaiah, former Union Ministers P. Upendra, P. V. Rangaiah Naidu, Ummareddy Venkateswarlu, former Ministers Kothapalli Subbarayudu and Metla Satyanarayana, thespian Akkineni Nageswara Rao, film producer D. Rama Naidu, Nagarjuna and a host of actors.

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