25 November, 2020

Mutiny Over His Millions

NTR's widow, Lakshmi Parvathi, and his sons are

Mutiny Over His Millions

WHEN Telugu Desam supremo N.T. Rama Rao was chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, his family fought over his chair. Now that he is dead, they are squabbling over his property. And over who should inherit his legacy.

On the one side is NTR's widow, Lakshmi Parvathi, who is determined to set up a museum in his memory in a building opposite her house at Banjara Hills. On the other are NTR's sons and sons-in-law, equally determined to take the battle to the streets. Last month, piqued with Parvathi, two of NTR's sons, Saikrishna and Ramakrishna, stormed into the building earmarked for the memorial with the help of a large police contingent to take possession of it. It was the ugliest incident ever in the Nandamuri family—since the coup by his son-in-law Nara Chandrababu Naidu that toppled N.T. Rama Rao from chief ministership eight months ago. An event which had prompted an agitated outburst from the supremo: "I might have given him my daughter, but he cannot demand the state as dowry."

 When NTR's sons forced their way into the building on Road No 13, Banjara...



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