text of Chiranjeevi speech at Avilala, Tirupati
My hearty thanks to all of you. You treated me as your
brother, son, as sibling, as representative of youth, women
development. I am moved at the presence of physically challenged,
who have come here despite heavy crowds. Hats off to their moral
courage. They are children of God. I also thank the farmers,
workers, weavers. Most of them are not able to earn their proper
livelihood, but they have come all the way from different places
to bless me. I will not forget the love and affection of the poor
This Tirupati meet has come to make a wonderful and historical
summit. All the people are watching this. I thank the media,
police, government and everybody who cooperated for the success of
this meet. Welcome… grand welcome to all.
22 years in my mom’s care; 30 in people’s heart
My special thanks to my mother. She told me: You are the elder
person in the family. You should be the protector of our family. I
went to Madras, I stepped into film industry. I became an actor.
For the last thirty years, you kept me in your hearts. Now, you
are asking me to come for you. You called me back to serve you. I
was in my mother’s care for 22 years. But, you are nurturing me
for the last thirty years. I thank my parents for giving me birth.
But, you spelt a new meaning to my life for which I shall be
grateful to you. I am dedicating my life to you …l all through my
life. Your call is my fortune. Your invitation is the greatest
opportunity to realize my life in a more meaningful direction.
Today, your solidarity and the blessings of Tirumala Lord are with
me. They are giving me sea of confidence that I can do anything. I
bow my head to you. I am content as an actor. I am here to
strengthen your dreams. You offered the opportunity to serve you.
If only my father was alive, he would have felt happy at this
hour. By the time I got ready to respond your call, he was no
more. But, your cheers (jejelu) will reach him. (Huge shouts from
the crowds). Today is the birthday of universal mother Mother
Teresa, though she was baptized on August 27th. Our party is the
gift from her, for our great future. Our party’s emergence is in
tune with the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi, BR Ambedkar, Mother Teresa
and Pule. I need their blessings.
I know the tears of suffering millions
Chranjeevi knows the tears of the suffering millions.
Chiranjeevi spent his life in the glamour world for three decades.
What does he know about politics and people’s problems? For people
who question like this, I am going to answer now. All these thirty
years, what you know about Chiranjeevi is just one side of the
coin. The other side is there. You don’t know about that. I also
didn’t tell about this. Now, I got the opportunity to tell you
about my past.
(At this point, there was commotion among the crowds. The address
was stopped for a few minutes. Chiru requested the fans to be
disciplined and not resort to any emotive modes… Please control.
Let us show our discipline. Come on, he said.)
I faced hunger, wore half trousers in shame
Chiru resumed: You proved the discipline. Thank you very much.
Now, it is time for me to introspect about my past. I am the son
of a very ordinary employee. Today, I am what I am as succored by
your love and affection. My father was a police constable. When
(my) mother was 16 or 17, she gave birth to me. I was both the boy
and toy to my mom, who was then to have been playing like a child.
My life started as an ordinary man from the lower middle class
family. I still remember when my mother used to carry me on one
side and on the other side water pot, at Nidadavolu. That time I
was about three years old. As I grew up, I collected sticks from
the nearby forest, went to kirana shop for procuring provisions.
To transport the firewood to the house, there was no money with
us. I used to carry it twice on my shoulders. I feel the weight of
that even today. During rainy season, the firewood would get wet.
That would make us go foodless. My mother used to puff out the
smoking oven to her heart’s full. When my father was on leave or
transfer, there would be no salary to him. That time, we spent a
number of hungry days and nights. My mother would prompt me search
for some coins in rusty boxes, which I would do shaking off the
clothes. During holidays, I used to take up farming on our field.
I was born in Mogaltur. When I was in tenth class, I wore half
trousers for several months. My mother wanted me to adjust with
that as we had no money. I controlled those shameful moments in my
life. In 1969, cyclone hit our area. I still remember how we all
cuddled ourselves into a single room with water around. All our
provisions were gone. Virtually, we went out of food for several
days. Most time, we just survived on Chaddi Annamu and Puli Annamu.
When I was an actor with Rs. 125 a month in Chennai, I used to
live with one time meal a day, sustaining on tea.
I am never far away from common man
Similarly, my characters in films reflect my past and remind
the suffering of the poor and downtrodden. My roles were never far
from reality. They were not fiction. In Punadhi Rallu, I did the
role of a Dalit youth. In Swayam Krishi, I was a cobbler. In
Kondaveeti Donga, I was an IAS officer from tribal clan. I
represented the community of the riksha pullers, auto drivers and
the like. I was never away from the common man. Your love and
affection remind of my mission. I am proud to say that Chiranjeevi
knows both “ganji” and Benji (Benz). I swam at the rivulet at
Mogaltur and did scuba diving in the Pacific Ocean. I played with
the kite and at the same time did somersault in New Zealand and
did sky diving. I saw great cities of the world. I know each and
every corner of the world and saw life in its all pervading angles
and directions. I lost nothing in life.
Don’t care for mudslingers
How I live, where I live? It doesn’t matter. My life is full
of gratitude for people. Why this great love for me? I got call
from people, I told my mom. She warned me against the mudslinging
seen everyday in TVs. She aired out doubts whether I was ready to
take them. Even after 65 years of Independence, hunger deaths,
suicides, go your way. I told her about this. She rightly
understood this. I told her about the words of Abdul Kalam garu.
Go, help them, and give your helping hand. Don’t care any mud,
they don’t touch you. They don’t stop your way. My mom said. What
can you do alone? Sindhu oka bindhuvu thone. Modhati adugu matrame
kashtam. Ee prayaanam loo vese adugulu santhosham thesthayani
thelusu. With this belief, the launch of this great mission from
Tirupati is taken up.
Decision taken, no going back
After taking this decision, there is no going back. Only
getting ahead. I am not your leader, I am your servant. Politics
and service are different from each other. Service is prominent.
Power is not important and necessary. Service is our aim and
ultimate goal. To bring respect to politics, our main objective.
We don’t care anybody who resorts to mudslinging on us. Our only
answer is seva seva seva to people.
Party is platform for social service
All are looking with curiosity. They want to know about the
name, flag and agenda of the party. We all need some platform to
serve people effectively. With confidence on you, I started blood
bank. To do more effective service, I need a strong platform. For
that we require a party, we need the help of intellectuals. You
all should come as servants of such a mission. Party's
announcement is first phase and hoisting of flag comes last. Anni
vargala varu, anni pranthala varoo, ikkadaku vachharu. We selected
some of them. Through them, we are going to inaugurate the party.
Social justice is our goal. Minorities are getting the benefits
and majority is being ignored. Everybody is important to society.
We need inputs from one and all. Only when you all join together
and strike a balance, we will succeed in our goal. Agenda is not
my own decision. Democracy is going to shine in our party.
Secularism is also our goal. So, before hoisting the party, I tell
you. This is people's party. It comes from their heart, from their
intellect, for the poor and downtrodden, to give power to women,
farmers and weavers.
Progress is buzzword
At this 21st century, our party will go in the direction of
progress. It takes into its fold industrial development, social
revolution and all culminating into a Santosh Andhra Pradesh,
Chiru Navvula Andhra Pradesh, Anandamaina Andhra Pradesh. Our
party should be a pathfinder to the world. You all should be like
the pillars of it.
Energies not streamlined
There were several obstacles for us when we want to say the
party’s name. Now, I will tell you the basics of our party.
Details of the agenda would be dealt with later in a detailed
manner. I will tell you about my vision and mission in particular.
After that, we are going to hoist our flag. When I went to foreign
countries, their roads, basic amenities, education, health and the
social benefits they get from the government, non-discrimination,
singular health and education policy, everything moved me. They
are leading very peaceful life. Why we are not living like them?
Is God partial towards foreign countries? No. He is only partial
to our country, our Andhra Pradesh. We are bestowed with natural
and human resources. In no way he made us little. We have
perennial river systems, mineral and forest wealth. Above all,
youth power, their zealous mission, their thinking prowess, their
honesty. But, their energies are not being streamlined into an
effective channel. There are no efforts made in the direction of
implementing this great strength. Now, motivation is required.
Differences in showing equal opportunities to all should be
buried. I set up Blood bank only with belief in you. We are second
to none in this world. The strength of my fans is great and it
should work like a united force with proper planning. You proved
that there is no scarcity for blood in our state. Let us move with
missionary zeal. My dear friends; let us move ahead.
Praja Rajyam is party’s name
We should administer ourselves. We should rule ourselves. This
party’s name is emerging from you, the people. It is from your
greater wish for self-rule. (Chiranjeevi quipped: Why in hurry to
know about party’s name? Didn’t I feel the tension all these days?
) Ready … Five… Four…. Three… Two… One… The party’s name is Praja
Agriculture and farmers
Class IV Employees
SC, BCs and Kapus
Selling of Government lands and SEZs
We will cooperate if Telangana is to separate
Nature is big inspiration
After hoisting the party flag, Chiru said: “Nature is our
inspiration. To see sunrise overseeing green fields is a great
delight. In Nature, Sun is the giver of strength. The Sun rays are
like 24. Akin to that, we are should work 24 hours a day. Like
Sunrays, we will spread to each and every corner of the state. Red
color in the Sun symbolizes revolution. White color represents
unity of all, mix of all categories into one entity. It also mans
transparency in governance. Green represents farmers. Yellow ring
round the Sun is for realizing Chiru Navvula Andhra Pradesh. The
Green Color is also representing the Muslims; the Red, Hindus;
and; white, Christianity.
Problems are our enemies
In fact, the various problems led to a rage in our hearts. Our
enemies are our own problems. We are in the battle field. We are
going to wage a war against people’s issues. It is a Great War. We
are all fighters and there is no leader. I am also a sainikudu. We
should protect our Rajyam. We are not going to find any obstacles
in our battle, because, we don’t have selfishness and we are not
afraid of anyone. We are going to win the battle. We are powered
with the strength of the youth, women, farmers, workers,
fishermen, geetha karmikulu. Progress of our state is our goal. We
want this revolutionary change. We are going to get beautiful
future for us. We are going to eradicate poverty. Let us see
happiness and smile in each and every face. There are people who
would pull us backwards. But, each time we are pulled backwards,
we should emerge forward with double the vigor and reach the goal.
Let us fight united… for ourselves and for our posterity.
I should live, not act
You have given a role, in which I can’t act, but only live.
You said: “Action.” And I should live in this new role. My life is
dedicated to you. At this Maha Sankalpa Sabha, this is my promise.
Thank you very much.
Concluding his speech, Chiranjeevi repeatedly asked the fans to
“be careful” and reach their destinations safely. “I want all of
you to be happy.”
Mana Rajyam Surajyam. Swarajyam. Prajala Rajyam. Praja Rajyam!!