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.