transformation from Actor to Politician
After his trips to Siricilla, Polepall and
Gangadevapalli, Chiranjeevi has transformed himself into a true politician and
is now able to speak on any issue with confidence Just three short visits to
rural areas, Praja Rajyam president Chiranjeevi is a completely transformed man.
From a naïve beginner in politics, he now looks like a true politician.
The initial tentativeness in his statements has gone and he is confidently
speaking on any issue - be it fertilizer crisis, weavers’ suicides, special
economic zones or even Indo-US nuclear deal. “He appears to be a lot more
confident in his approach now. Even with regard to sensitive issues like
Telangana, he is dealing in a more matured fashion,” a political analyst
What could be the reason for his dramatic transformation in Chiranjeevi’s
personality? “Well, direct interaction with people to have first hand knowledge
about their problems will always broaden one’s perspective. That’s what has
happened to Chiranjeevi. Instead of merely depending on the information fed by
his advisors, Chiranjeevi decided to go people directly. His visit to Siricilla
and interaction with weavers definitely helped him understand their problems. So
is his visit to Polepally, where he directly heard from the people affected by
Special Economic Zone about their plight. After his return from these two trips,
Chiranjeevi has been behaving like a real politician,” the analyst said.
Even while dealing with the media, there has been a sea change in him in the
last one month. In the first press conference on August 17, Chiranjeevi was very
soft and polite with media persons, who were flooding him with a volley of
questions. He looked very nervous and at times, confused at answering some
critical questions. But in the latest press conference after his return from the
two trips, Chiranjeevi appeared very aggressive not only answering the
questions, but also in dealing with reporters. From an innocent face,
Chiranjeevi was displaying various moods in his face, depending on the questions
he was receiving from the media. Secondly, he was found addressing reporters in
singular number (though some reporters felt it was disrespect towards them). He
has also started identifying media persons regularly coming to press conferences
and addressing them by their names.
And he answered all the questions with aplomb. The way he answered the question
with regard to Chiranjeevi's opposition towards Indo-US nuclear deal shows how
he transformed himself into a true politician. “Former President A P J Abdul
Kalam might have supported the nuclear deal in its overall perspective. But he
is not a politician to go into the nitty-gritty of each and every issue of the
deal and make a comment. I, as a politician, can do that and demand that the
Centre give more clarity on the deal to the people,” he said.
Political observers feel that the more Chiranjeevi goes into people, the more
matured he would become in politics. “I am sure, by the end of his State-wide
tour, the megastar would emerge as mega politician,” an analyst said.