Aug 26, 2008

Chiranjeevi to launch party today


KAKINADA/VISHAKAPATANAM: All roads in East and West Godavari and north coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh led to Tirupati as lakhs of Chiranjeevi's fans climbed four-wheelers, buses, trucks and special trains to attend the meeting to launch the actor’s political party on Tuesday.

It was a spectacle at railway stations and bus stations as the fans decorated trains and buses with their matinee idol's posters.

Fans from both the Godavari districts - where Chiranjeevi's support is the highest — were in delirious mood beating drums and applying 'tilak' on co-travellers. Two special trains each from Kakinada and Vishakapatanam, one each from Rajahmundry, Samarlakota, Narsapur, Eluru and Anakapalle left for Tirupati. Each train has 15-18 bogies. It is learnt that Waltair railway division is charging Rs 80,000 per compartment, while the state road transport corporation is levying Rs 28 per km for special buses.

While over a lakh people have left their homes from both Godavari districts, nearly 50,000 people from Vishakapatanam and nearby districts left for Tirupati.