Tirupati: Telugu Desam Party senior leader and MLC G Muddukrishnama Naidu demanded the Central government to confer Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian honour, to great actor and TDP founder NT Rama Rao. Two Telugu Chief Ministers, N Chandrababu Naidu and K Chandrasekhar Rao, should make all out efforts in this regard, he said.
Senior TDP leader and MLC G Muddukrishnama Naidu points out that NTR introduced political reservations for BCs, fought for the self-respect of Telugu people and erected great Telugu scholars statues on the Tank Bund in Hyderabad
Speaking to media here on Wednesday, he said that the Central government is going to release Rs 100 and Rs 5 coins on birth centenary celebrations of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MG Ramachandran. Tamil hero MGR was first joined DMK and worked under Anna Durai and Karunanidhi before establishing his own party AIADMK and came to power.
But, NT Rama Rao directly formed TDP coming as a successful cine hero and came to power within nine months, he pointed out. At a time when Congress was ruling majority of states and when there was a feeling that India is Indira and Indira is India, NTR toured entire state in his ‘Chaitanya Radham’ and won people’s hearts, he said and added as Chief Minister, NTR implemented number of welfare schemes which became so popular. It was NTR, who introduced political reservations for BC community and fought for self-respect of Telugu people and erected great Telugu scholars’ statues on the Tank Bund, Naidu said.
It was unfortunate, that he was not awarded Bharat Ratna so far. Had he been alive he would be at 94 now. In another six years his birth centenary celebrations must be celebrated. Once Bharat Ratna is awarded, later release of currency coins on his name can be done, he added. He also demanded one street in the nation’s capital be named after NTR. The AP and Telangana Chief Ministers should initiate steps in this regard, Naidu said.
He also condemned Kanche Ilaiah’s controversial book “Samajika smaglarlu Komatollu”, saying that the title itself was defamatory. It was Vysya community who do business with quality products and at reasonable prices. Nowadays, people of every community have changed their community names and seek respect. There is nothing wrong for Ilaiah to admit his mistake and withdraw the title, Naidu averred.