Telugu Desam Party demands Bharat Ratna for NTR

The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) on Thursday demanded that Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award of the country, be conferred posthumously on its founder and former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N.T. Rama Rao.

On the second and final day of party's 'Mahanadu', a resolution was passed urging the Centre to confer Bharat Ratna on Rama Rao in recognition of his outstanding and multifarious contributions to the poor people, cinema and socio-political life of the country.

The resolution was passed on the birth anniversary of Rama Rao.

Popularly known as NTR, the legendary actor had formed the TDP in 1982 and created a record of sorts by leading the party to power within nine months in the then undivided Andhra Pradesh.

TDP President N. Chandrababu Naidu began the second day's deliberations after paying tributes to NTR.

Naidu said the TDP would not relent till NTR was conferred the country's highest civilian award. He pointed out that NTR played a crucial role in opposing monopoly of the Congress and fought vigorously to form an alternative force at the n