It is the election season once again and a host of Telugu cinema celebrities will be asked to join the political parties in campaigning activities.
In recent times, there has been a substantial decrease in the number of celebs who venture out to campaign for any political party. Speaking of Andhra Pradesh politics, 3 primary political parties TDP, YSRCP and Jana Sena can be taken as examples.
Earlier the TDP relied on the Nandamuri family to canvass for them ahead of any elections. Be it, NT Rama Rao, himself, his children Hari Krishna and Balakrishna as well as his grandchildren Jr NTR, Kalyan Ram, Tarak Ratna etc who are all actors in the Telugu film industry, have all campaigned for the TDP. Most recently, Jr NTR has been staying away from political campaigns, his last full-fledged campaign trail was back in 2009. Since then Jr NTR has consciously stayed away from politics. Most recently, former Telugu actress Divyvani joined the TDP and made it to the Lutyens media headlines for hamming her way into New Delhi at the TDP SCS Poratam.
YSRCP has recently inducted several Tollywood celebrities and actors into its fold. Several actors like comedians Ali and Ambuti Srinivas, senior actress Jayasudha, character artist Raja Ravinder, actor Tanish etc have all joined or supported the YSRCP in their own way. Actors like MLA Roja, Prudhvi and Posani have been staunch loyalists and strong voices of the YSRCP as well. It is also interesting to note that actor Manchu Vishnu is married to YS Jagan’s cousin, but the Manchu family has always maintained a dignified silence on their political affiliations or allegiance.
Back in the day, Ghattamaneni family had Adiseshagiri Rao who was a known YSR loyalist, would ensure that Superstar Krishna also supported his brother’s political stand. Meanwhile, TDP MP Galla Jayadev and his mother who are staunch TDP loyalists are also related to Superstar Krishna, Mahesh Babu and the entire Ghattamaneni family. However, Mahesh Babu also seems to have deliberately chosen to stay away from politics.
On the other hand, the Jana Sena Party (JSP) which was founded by Mega Powerstar Pawan Kalyan himself might not have to bother relying on cinema celebrities for their canvassing. The Mega family have openly extended their support the Jana Sena and most recently, mega brother Nagababu began campaigning for JSP. However, Nagababu felt the need to go on record to clarify that he was canvassing for JSP only as an admirer of the party, its ideology and its leadership.
Meanwhile, the Congres in Telangana has its sole celebrity campaigner in the form of veteran actress Vijayashanti who also doubles up as a loud female voice in the TPCC.
There however seems to be a significant decline in the number of celebrities who are coming out in the open to campaign for political parties in recent years.
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