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Chiranjeevi's Praja Rajyam starts with a bang

August 26, 2008
Praja Rajyam (People's Rule) is the name of the political party of the Telugu superstar-turned-politician Chiranjeevi.

The much-awaited name was unveiled by the star before a sea of humanity at Tirupati on Tuesday evening in filmi style.

Developing the suspense and anxiety of the audience comprising of hundreds of thousands of men, women and youths, Chiranjeevi said that the name was chosen because his party was born from the hearts and minds of the people.

"Who called me into politics. It was you people. What do you want? It should be rule by the people for the people," he said.

Without going into the details of the policies and programmes of his party, Chiranjeevi said it will be a secular, pro-poor party.

"It will be the part of backward and weaker sections, farmers, labours, and women. It will be party, which will fight for social justice which will take Andhra Pradesh towards economic development and prosperity and industrial development. It will make the state a Santosha Andhra Pradesh, Chirunavvulu Andhra Pradesh and Ananda Andhra Pradesh," he said.

Text: Vicky Nanjappa in Tirupati and Mohammed Siddique in Hyderabad

Image: Chiranjeevi addresses a massive rally in Thirupathi on Tuesday.
Photographs: Noah Seelam/AFP/Getty Images

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