Addressing an election meeting near Jairam talkies here on Sunday, Mr. Pavan Kalyan recalled his association with Ongole.
He said his father worked as head constable in the Excise Department here when Mr. Chiranjeevi studied in C.S.R. Sarma College.
He said he learnt his alphabets in a street corner school in Gopalanagaram here and imbibed two policies in life – being honest and keep trying till the goal is achieved.
He rebutted the charge of Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy that Mr. Chiranjeevi had done nothing to his native village in West Godavari district.
He said as his father worked in several coastal towns, they considered no single place as their native place for development.
He said that the Congress Government was ridden with corruption.
Had it developed the State there would have been no need for the PRP.
He said that Mr. Chiranjeevi floated the PRP not to earn fame, power or money but to provide a clean government and serve the people better.
He felt that the PRP would win 80-85 seats in the first phase of polls and an equal number in the second phase to form the government on its own.
Responding to the request of his fans, he said there was no need for him to twirl his moustache or thump his thighs to challenge his enemies. “It is enough if we have a brave heart to oppose corruption,” he observed.
Appeal to voters
He introduced PRP candidates – Parvathaneni Anand for Ongole Assembly seat and Pidatala Sai Kalpana Reddy for the Ongole Lok Sabha seat – and appealed to the people to vote for them.