Neither in any other state of India nor anywhere in the world can we see this much of involvement of filmstars in politics as in Andhra Pradesh.Recently actor Vijay chander and actress Jaya sudha joined in INC.Many more film stars .will announce their affiliations to various political parties.
A.P's film stars in politics:
1.INC...Super star.Krishna and his family members,Dr.
2.TDP...All Nandamoori(NTR's family) stars such as
3.Prajarajyam Party.... Chiranjeevi, his brothers
Nagababu,Pavan kalyan,Allu Aravind,Arjun.
4.Talli Telangana.......Actress Vijaya Santhi and her
5.BJP.........Actor Krishnam Raju.
The entry of late superstar NTR into politics was the begining of film stars seriously considering politics too as their profession.Thus Superstar Krishna,Jamuna,Director Dasari narayana rao(all belong to INC),Jayaprada(initially joined in TDP but now an M.P.of Samajwadi party),Krishnam Raju(BJP),Actreses Roja and Saarada(both belong toTDP),Vijayasanthi(Chief of Talli telangana party),Kota srinivasa Rao,Babu mohan,Hari krishna(all belong to TDP) too entered into politics.The new entrants include,Giribabu,Dharmavarapu subrahmanyam,Kalyan ram,Taraka ratna,many popular directors such as S.V.krishna reddy, and producers such as Ashwini dutt, too are working for various parties from behind the screen. Popular award winning heroes Dr.Mohanbabu's son will marry the present C.M's brother's daughter shortly,and Dr.Rajendra Prasad met the C.M.recently.
Super star krishna successfully became an M.P. from Eluru constituency.Director Dasari narayana rao went a step ahead and until the recent past he was the minister of state for coal at the central level.Krishnam raju became an M.P. from his native constituency narsapur.Similarly comedian babumohan was the labour minister in the A.P. assembly when TDP was in power under Chandrababu naidu.Comedian and side actor Kota srinivasa Rao too was successfully elected as an M.L.A. from his Vijayawada constituency.Among the actresses from Andhra Pradesh,Jayaprada was successful in winning from Rampur(uttar pradesh) constituency as an M.P. with samajwadi party ticket.
Why somany parties in Andhra Pradesh?:
The answer to this is two fold,one is communal and the other may be personal greediness to become C.M.
In Andhra Pradesh many forward castes do exist such as Reddy,Kamma,Brahmin,Velama,Kapu,Kshatriya,Vysya,etc.Late NTRbelongs to Kamma community and after he became C.M. of Andhra Pradesh,2 more kammas too occupied the throne,viz Nadendla Bhaskar rao and Chandra babu naidu.Thus totally 3 kamma men became C.M.s in A.P.'s history sofar.
Chiranjeevi belongs to Kapu community and sofar there is no C.M from his community and according to some critics,Chiranjeevi wants to prove that there is one Kapu C.M.
Among the 14 C.M.s sofar since 1956,3 belong to Kamma;1 is valama and the other one from brahmin,one is also from SC,and the remaining all from Reddy community.After independence,Reddys ruled the state of Andhra Pradesh for the longest period.
The new parties:
Besides INC;BJP;CPI-M;CPI-L;TDP;TRS;TDP(NTR),the following new parties were floated by some prominent people in recent years,
1.Prajarajyam Party(PRP) by Megastar Chiranjeevi,
2.Nava Telangana Praja Party(NTPP) by Devender Goud,
3.Loksatta party by an ex IAS officer,Jayaprakash narain,
4.Talli Telangana Party(TTP) by actress Vijayasanthi
The TRS,NTPP,TTP,etc have the same agenda,i.e.to separate Telangana region from the remaining two regions,Rayalaseema and Coastal Andhra and to head it.These parteis opine that the Telangana region is the most backward region when compared to the remaining two regions.
The Loksatta party's primary agenda is to eradicate corruption.
Expected outcome in 2009 elections:
It depends on many factors.such as the type of candidates in the fray,their party's agenda,extent of impressing the voters,Coverage of the constituencies by the parties during the elections,etc.All the film stars mentioned above do have good fan following.Due to the complex nature of A.P.'s society,and the possibility of many stars contesting the 2009 elections,we can expect a hung and glamorous assembly.