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Tollywood to design Naidu's padayatra

Hyderabad: Sept 24, 2012 DH News Service
Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief Nara Chandrababu Naidu has roped in Telugu cinema’s directors S S Raja Mouli, Teja and Srinu Vitla to help design the political padayatra he is planning to launch on October.

Naidu also sought help from film writers Paruchuri Brothers, who have reportedly suggested the title “Vastunna meekosam (I am coming for you)” which is no less than a movie title.

Sources say Naidu finally zeroed on the filmy title after he had a series of closed door meetings with his party colleagues and sympathisers in the Telugu cine field.
The party received over 400 names for the 117-day yatra. On Saturday, popular cine writers Paruchuri brothers met Naidu and suggested two names “Jana chaitanya yatra”, “Mee Andari Kosam” and “Vastunna Meekosam.” Naidu is learnt to be keen on the third name.

While the party is not willing to officially announce the place from where the yatra will be launched, it is almost certain that it will kick off from Hindupur in Anantapur district.

Initially, the TDP president wanted to start his walkathon from Adilabad district. While astrologers ruled out the first option, his choice of Mahbubnagar as an alternative was opposed by his own party men due to the raging Telangana sentiment in that district.

It was finally decided that he should start his yatra from Anantapur district. However, it has not yet been decided from which constituency he should start his tour. Initially, it was thought he should start from Hindupur.

The party, which received a drubbing in a series of elections in the last eight years, is banking heavily on Naidu’s padayatra to ride onto power in 2014 and its leaders have started making preparations with high political expectations.
The TDP has prepared audio CDs with several songs for the yatra, which will shortly be released.

Film actor Balakrishna, Naidu’s brother-in-law, is also providing suggestions and directions to the party supremo.

A TDP leader said it was not new for the party chief to involve Tollywood stars in party work and recalled the election campaigning by several stars in 2004 and 2009.

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