TDP seeks Bharat Ratna for NTR
The Telugu Desam Party has urged the Centre to honour the Party founder late N T Rama Rao with Bharat Ratna, highest civilian award of the country. A resolution to this effect was adopted unanimously at Mahanadu, the annual event of the party on Thursday. Paying glowing tributes to the late leader on the occasion of his 94th birth anniversary, speaker after speaker showered praises on him.
TDP president and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said that NTR had created history by ascending the gaddi in 90 days of launching the party. Not only Telugus "but the whole nation wants NTR to be honoured with the Bharat Ratna," he said. Naidu vowed to continue to take up the matter with the Centre till the 'dream is realised'.
As a token of remembrance of the great patriot, Naidu announced the revival of the most popular scheme, Saree-Dhoti. The scheme, the brain child of NTR, will be reintroduced from Dussera with Rs 400 cr annual budget, he said. Also, the statue of the late leader will soon be installed at the Pushkar Ghat in Rajahmundry on the banks of River Godavari.
Terming NTR as a social reformist and an epitome of self-respect, the TDP supremo said that till he was in power only his word prevailed both in the State and in Delhi. The Chief Minister gave the whole credit to the late leader for Telugus getting global recognition.
'Earlier, we were known only as Madrasis and it was NTR who had fought for the self-respect and upheld our dignity following which the Telugu States got world-wide recognition.' Naidu said NTR's name will remain in the history and will be an inspiration for the generations to come.