The Lok Satta Party today counseled movie star Balakrishna, now campaigning on behalf of the Telugu Desam Party, to seek people’s support for his party by presenting an agenda and not by touting the name of his father, late Chief Minister N. T. Rama Rao.
Talking to the media, party spokesman Katari Srinivasa Rao and Working Committee member N. Ravinder took exception to Balakrishna seeking votes as movie actor NTR’s son and reeling off the names of movies in which his father had acted, even as he made an elected people’s representative kneel on the floor. “By word and deed, Balakrishna is perpetuating dynastic tendencies and deification of personalities which have no place in a democracy.”
The Lok Satta pointed out that with jugglery of words Balakrishna tried to conceal the fact that people owed their miseries to TDP’s 17-year misrule. He had not unveiled any agenda for change. Asking him to campaign democratically, the Lok Satta leaders advised him to enlist people’s support by coming up with schemes, which would prudently and productively utilize money contributed by people by way of taxes.