Hyderabad: From mega star to ‘missing’ star. In what could be a major embarrassment for Chiranjeevi, veterinary students on Friday filed a complaint that he had gone ‘missing’ from Tirupati constituency, which he represents in the state legislative assembly, and pleaded with police to ‘locate’ him immediately.
Wall posters of Chiranjeevi with folded hands and a ‘kanduva’ have sprung up in important locations in the town, and pamphlets were distributed by the students of Sri Venkateswara Veterinary University (SVVU) to cops and passers-by.
In the complaint filed at the Tirupati east police station, the students said their MLA was ‘missing’ and the cops should find his whereabouts. Police said they had registered the complaint.
Giving vent to her ire, a graduate student alleged that the PRP MLA was never available to his constituents. “We have been holding relay hunger strikes and dharnas for the past 10 days against the controversial GO No. 91, but he has no time to pay heed to local issues. He is always inaccessible,” she charged.
The agitating graduate and undergraduate students burnt the effigy of the director of animal husbandry department, holding him responsible for their problems.
The demonstrators, including several women students, pitched a tent in front of the SVVU campus and shouted slogans against Chiranjeevi and the government. But Chiranjeevi’s close aides said that this was all a conspiracy against the leader.
Sources said that in the last six months Chiranjeevi had gone to Tirupati hardly a few times. His last visit was during the centenary celebrations of Chittoor district in April. “Even if he comes, he stays at Padmavathi guest house in Tirumala. He visits 2-3 wards, interacts with very few people and flies back,” a local PRP leader complained. Shockingly, the local PRP office in the town is always locked. “He addresses press conferences at the residence of PRP leader P Jayachandra Reddy and goes off,” a source said.
Insiders said that when he was elected as an MLA in the 2009 elections, Chiranjeevi had appointed four representatives to look into public grievances and attend to them. “They all shut shop and there’s nobody to take the grievances. What sort of a public representative is he if he cannot solve the immediate problems of the people who elected him,” rued a resident. TOI