15 June, 2021

This NRI-Technocrat-TDP Worker Is Back 'Home' To Campaign For Chandrababu Naidu

Koteswara Rao Chekuri has created a digital campaign theme to support Naidu this election: “Malli mere ravali” (You must return to power).

This NRI-Technocrat-TDP Worker Is Back 'Home' To Campaign For Chandrababu Naidu

Andhra Pradesh chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has many friends in the US and he counts Bill Gates among them. But there’s one who has friend-zoned his Telugu Desam Party (TDP) as a child and remains his unhesitating loyalist is Koteswara Rao Chekuri, 40, of Dallas. His association with the TDP goes back more than three decades. A young Chekuri remembers his family—farmers in Guntur district’s Vinukonda village—rooting for the charismatic NTR (after he formed the TDP in 1982) because they believed the matinee idol-politician would bring good changes to their lives. He and TDP remained intertwined, though he was too little a child to understand.

The youngster grew up, graduated from the Regional Engineering College, Warangal, and went to the US for higher studies at Alabama University. He found a first-world job, married an IT graduate who works in a reputed firm, and now lives a cushy life that is part of any successful Great Telugu American Dream package. Then the realisation dawns: he must return the gratitude his homeland has showered on him....

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