Naidu demands Bharat Ratna for NTR
Hyderabad: Paying glowing tributes to
Telugu Desam founder-president and former Chief Minister N T Rama Rao on his 88th birth anniversary on Saturday, the Leader of
Opposition in Andhra Pradesh, N Chandrababu Naidu, has
demanded that the Government of India confer Bharat Ratna upon
the veteran leader.
Reiterating his demand to install a life-size statue
of NTR in the Parliament complex in New Delhi, Naidu rued that
nothing happened in that direction in the last three years
when the announcement to erect the statue had been made.
"NTR is the pride of every Telugu person in the world.
He was a legend in the movie world and later in politics. NTR
was the first leader to extend reservations and property
rights for women. The Centre should honour him with Bharat
Ratna, the country's highest civilian award," Chandrababu said
addressing the second day of TDP's annual general body
meeting, Mahanadu, at Gandipet near here today.
Earlier in the day, Chandrababu, who is NTR's
son-in-law, garlanded the statue of the late leader at
Rasoolpura here and also paid floral tributes at NTR Ghat.
Union Minister of State for HRD Daggubati Purandeswari
also visited the NTR Ghat along with her husband Daggubati
Venkateswara Rao to pay homage to her father. MP Nandamuri
Harikrishna, his actor-son NTR Junior and other members of the
family too paid homage to the departed leader.
NTR's son and film star Nandamuri Balakrishna lashed
out at the Congress government in the state saying "We have
the most incompetent and chaotic government in Andhra Pradesh.
People are left to wonder if the Chief Minister and ministers
exist in the state at all," while attending the Mahanadu.
Balakrishna also expressed the need for involving more
youth in the party affairs which was supported by Naidu.