After the TDP suffered a humiliating defeat in the 2019 elections, the chorus within the party is growing to bring Tollywood actor Jr NTR into the party fold again. In February this year, some party activists asked TDP national president Nara Chandrababu Naidu during an election campaign in the Kuppam Assembly constituency to invite Jr NTR into the TDP.
Naidu, during his recent visit to Kuppam to control the damage done to his party by YSR Congress in panchayat polls, faced a tricky situation, when he was addressing the public in Santhipuram mandal. TDP supporters, who attended the roadshow, raised slogans in support of Jr NTR and asked the TDP chief to bring Tollywood hero into the party fold. They also wanted late NTR’s grandson to be roped in for a TDP roadshow in Kuppam.
The TDP’s condition has been worsening by the day ever since it received a drubbing in the 2019 elections, bagging only 23 Assembly seats and three Lok Sabha seats. Recent results of the party in the panchayat, municipal and Tirupati bypoll opened a new debate once again on the future of TDP. This debate, which started in January 2021, reached its peak on Monday in Kuppam, Chandrababu Naidu’s own constituency.
Junior NTR fans in Kuppam urged him to come back to politics to save the party in the State. Even diehard fans hoisted 40 feet flag at Mulakalapally urging NTR to take up the challenge. Party needs NTR in these difficult circumstances. It is clear that the cadre, along with local leaders, were left in despair as anti-party winds are blowing in the party chief’s own constituency, Kuppam, after 2019.
A few leaders are ready to resign from the party as there is no change in the political atmosphere. At this juncture, demand for inviting Jr NTR into party activities is growing across the district.
In a recent development, posters, banners and flexis were erected in support of Jr NTR and his late father Nandamuri Harikrishna at Molakaladodla village in Kuppam constituency seeking his entry into politics. Now, it has become a hot topic among the TDP leaders. Members of the Junior NTR Fans Association in Kuppam mandal Mankaladodi, Panchayamukalapally village openly invited NTR to come back into politics. Jr NTR also campaigned vigorously on behalf of the TDP in the 2009 elections. He impressed the youth with his speeches at that time. With this, the fans want to see Junior NTR actively involved in the TDP.
In the past, even after many controversies, Jr NTR had announced that he would work as an activist of TDP and serve the party whenever he needed to. His fans are of the opinion that TDP needs Junior NTR and want to see him as the next CM of AP.
Significantly, Chandrababu Naidu has been trying his best to protect his son Nara Lokesh as the new face of the party while a section of TDP leaders and party supporters feel Jr NTR can be the only saviour of the party in a sinking mode. A few TDP leaders have, on several occasions, also said if Jr NTR is projected as the next CM candidate, the party would get a new life in the 2024 elections