HYDERABAD: Congress MP K Chiranjeevi, who has been in political agnyatavas ever since the party’s rout in last year’s polls, is said to be considering political sanyas.
The actor-turned-politician, who had floated Praja Rajyam Party ahead of 2009 elections, drawing inspiration from the legendary NTR, is now seriously contemplating whether to follow in the footsteps of Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan, who had dabbled in politics only to abruptly bow out, sources said.
“Chiranjeevi is unhappy with his political career. He is of the view that he is not suitable for ‘Congress-mark’ politics. He feels isolated in the party,” a close aide of the mega star said. His another associate, in fact, disclosed, “He is regretting his decision to enter politics and believes it has tarnished his larger than life image as a matinee idol.”
According to him, Chiranjeevi has concluded that quitting politics and getting back to films is the only way to regain his lost glory. However, a source said Chiranjeevi is not in a position to quit the Rajya Sabha but is keen on withdrawing from politics gradually.
Indicating which way the wind is blowing, Chiranjeevi was conspicuous by his absence in the Rajya Sabha recently when the House debated and amended the AP Reorganisation Act.
“Though a bitter debate was going on over issues such as land acquisition for the new capital of AP and Polavaram irrigation project, Chiranjeevi stayed back to finalise the script for his 150th flick. This itself indicates his losing interest in politics,” said sources adding that Chiru is these days focusing not only on his career but also on that of his son Ram Charan.
Chiru’s fans held a key meeting at the star’s blood bank here on Sunday under the leadership of his brother Nagendra Babu to discuss the political plans of the Congress MP. During the meeting, some fans suggested that Chiranjeevi had better stay away from politics and start concentrating on his 150th flick. A few others advised Naga Babu to tells his brother to undertake welfare activities on behalf of the Chiranjeevi Charitable Trust to regain some credibility. After the meeting, Ravanam Swamy Naidu, president of Chiranjeevi Yuvatha, said, “Henceforth, we will be undertaking massive social welfare activities to revive the image of Chiranjeevi”. Asked about Chiranjeevi’s reported plans to quit politics, he replied, “It is up to him. We will abide by whatever decision he takes. We will always remain with the mega star, come rain or shine.”