HYDERABAD: The Telugu Desam party’s Yuva Garjana at Guntur was a mere manifestation of money power in politics and was meant to hoodwink people, the Lok Satta Party said here today.
According to a press release here, LSP spokespersons K Srinivasa Rao and B Krishna Reddy said the TDP, which claimed to root out corruption, should first be transparent in respect of its programmes, collection of funds, expenditure and selection of candidates to contest elections.
Those who spent crores of rupees on conduct of the meeting did so to earn many times of their investment once they assumed power.
"Could film star Balakrishna, who made his political debut at the meeting, claim that those who requisitioned helicopters to shower flowers on the audience did so with an altruistic motive," they asked. Rao and Reddy pointed out that the TDP and NTR clan were trying to encash NTR’s legacy instead of shaping the youth into responsible citizens.
Former Chief Minister and TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu, instead of apologising to the public for the inconvenience caused by the traffic blockade for 50 km on the national highway, gleefully claimed it as an unprecedented event. Instead of pursuing issue-based politics, the TDP was seeking to impress the people with massive and pompous shows. "While Barack Obama got elected as US president through sheer strength of his personality and policies, the traditional parties here organise meetings in the name of 'growls and roars' and ferrying people like sheep to listen to them," they regretted.