Nandamuri Balakrishna filed his nomination as TD candidate for Hindupur Assembly segment Wednesday. He was spotted at the Hindupur airport on April 16.
This is the first election for the actor, who confined his political activities mostly to campaigning ever since the party emerged.
Accompanied by his wife Vasundhara, son Mokshagna and daughters, Mr Balakrishna arrived at Hindupur from Bengaluru.
After participating in rituals at Sri Hanuman temple near Sugur in Hindupur, a procession was taken out towards tahsildar’s office.
Interestingly, Mr Balakrishna was accompanied by sitting TD legislator Abdul Ghani and Ambika Lakshminarayan, who contested as the Congress candidates in 2009 elections and joined the TD, a few weeks ago, in the procession.
A group of minorities offered traditional blessings to Mr Balakrishna in the procession. The film star, who strictly follows astrological predictions, filed nomination papers at the tahsildar’s office at 11.39 am.
After a gap of two terms, NTR’s family members are again in the fray at Hindupur.
On being asked if Jr NTR will campaign for the TD, Mr Balakrishna gave a terse reply, “Evarinee Bottu Petti Pilavalsina avasaram ledu.”
Mr Balakrishna observed there was no need for a special invitation to Jr. N.T. Rama Rao.
“It is part of duty of Nandamuri family members to try for victory of party as a task for people of state. It may be noted Jr. NTR had campaigned for the TD in the last general elections even when he was bedridden due to accident.”
The actor said he wouldn’t mind becoming the CM, if the party so demanded. But he clarified that he was not much bothered about position.
Meanwhile, Mr Balakrishna announced his plans for Basavatarakam cancer hospital at Hindupur and talked of his ambition to develop Hindupur in all ways, including setting up of industries and an IT sector.
“Solving the long pending drinking water problem is my first priority,” the TD candidate said.
Sources said Mr Balakrishna would stay at Hindupur for a couple of days.