Leaders pay homage to NTR on his birth anniversary

Chandrababu Naidu said discipline, perseverance, sincerity and a desire to do good to the people shaped NTR into a great leader.

BySouth First Desk

Published May 28, 2024 | 1:06 PMUpdatedMay 28, 2024 | 1:06 PM

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Former vice-president M Venkaiah Naidu, TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu, other leaders and film personalities paid homage to legendary NT Rama Rao — popularly known as NTR — on his 101st birth anniversary on Tuesday, 28 May.

Describing NTR as the “heartbeat” and “symbol of self-respect of Telugu people”, Venkaiah Naidu said the TDP founder won laurels as an actor for his performances in mythological roles and he had also ushered in a new era in politics.

NTR was a great nationalist who stood against autocratic politics, he said on X.

“Sri Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao was a great reformer who brought many revolutionary changes, including property rights for women and decentralization of power,” the former vice president said.

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Naidu praises NTR

Chandrababu Naidu said discipline, perseverance, sincerity and a desire to do good to the people shaped NTR, a common farmer’s son, into a great leader.

NTR demonstrated that the meaning of power is to give food, housing and clothing to the poor, he said on X.

He called for taking a pledge to work for realising the ideals of NTR who dedicated his life for achieving a poverty-free Andhra Pradesh and to bring glory to Telugu people.

NTR’s daughter D Purandeswari, who is the president of the Andhra Pradesh BJP unit, visited the NTR Ghat in Hyderabad, NTR’s samadhi, and paid homage to the TDP founder.

NTR’s son and renowned actor N Balakrishna, who was accompanied by other family members and TDP leaders, paid tributes to the TDP founder at the NTR Ghat.

NTR’s grandson and popular Telugu hero Junior NTR also visited the NTR Ghat.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said NTR’s contributions to film and politics will continue to inspire generations.

“Remembering the legendary NTR on his birth anniversary. He was a remarkable icon of Telugu cinema and a visionary leader. His contributions to film and politics continue to inspire generations. From his unforgettable roles on screen to his transformative leadership, he is fondly remembered. We will keep working to fulfil his vision for our society,” Modi said on X.

(With PTI inputs)