Bhumana Karunakar Reddy, who is all set to collide head-on with ‘mega star’ Chiranjeevi, filed his nomination for the Tirupati Assembly constituency on Thursday amid great excitement and expectations.
The colourful procession took off at RTC crossroad after Mr. Reddy garlanded the statues of Dr. Ambedkar and Mahatma Gandhi.
Braving the blistering heat, his followers turned out in impressive numbers ahead of the motorcade.
The convoy passed through congested areas like Peddakapu Street, Bandla Street, Nethaji Road and Rayalacheruvu Road before culminating at the RDO’s office.
Incumbent legislator M.Venkatramana, former civic chief V. Muniratnam and his deputy D. Prasannakumar Reddy, TUDA Chairman Ch. Bhaskar Reddy, district Mahila Congress president K. Prameelamma, INTUC district president Mabbu Chenga Reddy, city Congress president Palagiri Pratap Reddy and other senior leaders were part of the procession.
As ‘super star’ Krishna announced his support to the Congress, members of the Tirupati Krishna-Mahesh Fans Association also joined the procession.
Mr. Reddy hurried into the RDO’s office just minutes before the chosen ‘muhurtham’ to file the nomination papers, leaving his drum-totting followers well behind, understandably for fear of incurring the wrath of the ever-vigilant Election Commission.
Mr. Reddy announced that the Chief Minister’s development mantra alone would triumph and the “greasepaint” was all set to fade.
“I am sure the sanction of funds under Prime Minister Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) to SVIMS, Municipal Corporation status to Tirupati, establishment of SV Veterinary University and sanction of Rs.1,380 crore to the city under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) will endear me to my voters”, he told mediapersons.