I wasn’t invited to Mahanadu: Jr NTR

TDP says it might be due to communication gap

  • “Ready to go even if invited now,” he said at NTR Ghat
  • Eyebrows raised over Harikrishna’s absence on second day
  • Hari says he will speak on family feuds at a later date

Hyderabad: It seems that the differences between the TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu and Harikrishna have not yet subsided. Harikrishna was conspicuous by his absence at the Mahanadu on day two and his son Jr NTR said that he did not attend the Mahanadu as he had no invite. Harikrishna who paid homage to NTR on his 90th birth anniversary along with his sons Kalyan Ram and Jr NTR, and other family members, told media that there were no differences between the Nara and Nandamuri family and said that it was a media creation.

When further questioned as to why he was not active in the Mahanadu, Harikrishna said he would not like to talk politics since this was not the occasion. “I will talk about the injustice done to the family at a later stage,” he said but refused to further elaborate on it. He said he, however, strongly wishes that TDP comes back to power and that Naidu becomes the Chief Minister.

Jr NTR said that he had not attended the Mahanadu as he did not get any invite. “If I get an invite even now I am willing to attend the Mahanadu.” He reiterated that he would campaign for the party if it wants him to do so.  When asked as to why Jr NTR was not invited, senior party leader Bandaru Satyanaryana Murty said that normally invitations are sent to politburo members and other delegates. Since Jr NTR is part of the family, he is welcome to participate in the Mahanadu and does not require any invitation. He said the family members of NTR are invited by Naidu himself. In this case, there might have been some communication gap, he added.

Harikrishna who made a brief appearance at Mahanadu on Monday chose to sit in the second row and did not come forward while lighting the lamp, though Naidu asked him to do so. He chose not to participate in the proceedings on Tuesday.

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