Praja Rajyam (People's Rule) is the name of the political party of the Telugu superstar-turned-politician Chiranjeevi.
The much-awaited name was unveiled by the star before a sea of humanity at Tirupati on Tuesday evening in filmi style.
Developing the suspense and anxiety of the audience comprising of hundreds of thousands of men, women and youths, Chiranjeevi said that the name was chosen because his party was born from the hearts and minds of the people.
"Who called me into politics. It was you people. What do you want? It should be rule by the people for the people," he said.
Without going into the details of the policies and programmes of his party, Chiranjeevi said it will be a secular, pro-poor party.
"It will be the part of backward and weaker sections, farmers, labours, and women. It will be party, which will fight for social justice which will take Andhra Pradesh towards economic development and prosperity and industrial development. It will make the state a Santosha Andhra Pradesh, Chirunavvulu Andhra Pradesh and Ananda Andhra Pradesh," he said.
Superstar Chiranjeevi's swanky party office
When Chiranjeevi made his entry into politics, everyone expected something grand. People close to him say Chiranjeevi is extremely particular about detailing and wants everything to be state of the art. One look at Chiranjeevi's party office situated at Hyderabad's best area Jubilee Hills says it all.
Although no activity has commenced in this office, there are people around who show you around proudly. The 15-room state-of-the-art office leaves one wondering whether he/she has entered a political party or a corporate office.
Entry into the office is not easy. Apart from the two close circuit cameras monitoring every move of yours, you need to get through three security guards at the gate who ask a million questions before granting you entry. Even the press card does not work easily over here.
Inside the office, above the receptionist's desk, is a photograph of the star himself standing with folded hands. You won't fail to notice former President A P J Abdul Kalam's words framed on the wall, reading: "We must think and act like a nation of a billion people and not like that of a million people, dream dream dream."
The conference room is breathtaking. The large hall has a state-of-the-art sound system and a multimedia presentation unit. The chairs, the LCD monitors and mikes all reflect the black theme overall.
The office will become fully functional in a week. People from across the state have been coming to have a look at the office, but due to security reasons, everyone can't be allowed inside. The star's chamber too is great inside. However, there are strict instructions to keep it locked. It is open only when the boss is here.
Chiranjeevi's managers have also taken great care in ensuring that the people who come to the office have a comfortable wait. There are two waiting rooms, one near the stars chambers, which they call as the VIP waiting lounge and the other near the conference hall. Each of these rooms is fitted with a gigantic LCD television to ensure that the wait is not boring.
A walk through the office gives the impression that Chiranjeevi has drawn a lot of inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi, Dr B R Ambedkar, APJ Abdul Kalam and Mother Teresa. Photographs of these great personalities don every possible wall in the office.
It was a typical filmy style launch. Megastar Chiranjeevi had to do all dramatics while making the announcement of party name.
He resorted to a countdown, saying five, four, three, two and one – before announcing the name – "Praja Rajyam." Though it evoked a lot of euphoria among Chiru fans, but it was a little boring for mediapersons. Was it necessary to be so much dramatic?
But, after all Chiranjeevi is a film actor. One cannot expect a better performance. Unfortunately, this is not film. He needs to take politics a little seriously, at least hereafter.
Chiru party flag is attractive!
All said and done, Chiranjeevi party's flag is more attractive than party name – Praja Rajyam.
The flag, which contains green colour occupying the bottom one-third portion, while the remaining portion is in white with 'Sun' symbol.
Chiru said the ispiration for party symbol is Mother Nature. While sun with 24 rays symbolizes the party's commitment to serve the people round the clock, the red colour of the Sun symbolizes revolution and the change, White represents cleanliness and green represents agriculture.
Besides, red, white and green colours also represent Hindu, Christian and Muslims. Good idea!!