Chiru Humbled by NRI from Cambridge, Made to 'Fall in Line' - The New Indian Express

Chiru Humbled by NRI from Cambridge, Made to 'Fall in Line'

Published: 01st May 2014 10:51 AM

Last Updated: 01st May 2014 11:46 AM

On a day when voters were expected to exercise their right and script the future of the country for the next five years, an aam admi who raised the right question at the right time at the right place on Wednesday emerged victorious against the might of actor-turned-politician and Union minister K Chiranjeevi.

A simple question, which the rest of the people feared to ask, but Karthikeya, an NRI from Cambridge, put to the mega star was, “Don’t you think you should stand in the queue?”

Chiranjeevi, though tried to show his influence, had to face the man’s iron will. The minister was seen explaining himself with a managed smile, while his bodyguards and fellow voters beheld the scene. Receiving no support from the onlookers, Chiranjeevi had to sheepishly walk back to the end of the queue, while the man who stood his ground against the Union minister received appreciation.

Karthikeya had asked why Chiranjeevi and his family required special treatment. Later, he said his objection was mainly to the lawmaker’s family jumping the queue.

The mega star, who had arrived from Nellore on Wednesday morning to cast his vote at Jubilee Hills International Club, was seen with wife Surekha, son Ram Charan and daughter Sushmita. However, the politico, who spearheads the Congress campaign in Seemandhra, had to wait for over an hour to cast his vote.

According to eyewitnesses, Chiranjeevi was seen walking straight into the polling booth without caring for the serpentine queue at the club, which has high profile voters. Karthikeya said he and the rest had been waiting for over an hour and stopped the minister to ask whether it was right on his part to ignore the queue. Meanwhile, Ram Charan and Surekha managed to go cast their votes, whereas Chiranjeevi and his daughter had to go back to the end of the queue.

The minister seemed visibly disturbed, but maintained a smile. When asked, he just said he had been voting at the same polling station for the last three decades and that he respects democracy the most.

On the elections, he opined that it was difficult to say whether anyone would get majority. “The entire voting pattern seems to have changed. Voters are more emotionally driven today and it might even result in a hung Assembly,” said the minister, who was proceeding to Ananthapur later in the day.

Meanwhile, some claimed that the minister, along with his family members, was standing in the queue earlier, but sent ahead by the people around him.

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