The TDP's annual conclave 'Mahanadu' okayed the fund proposal mooted by party president N Chandrababu Naidu's son Nara Lokesh, who made his maiden speech at the event today. Lokesh, who extensively campaigned for the party in the recent elections, addressed the delegates in the presence of his father.
"I bow my head to the lakhs of TDP workers who have been holding the party flag aloft for the last 33 years. The party always stood by you and will always stand by you. We will ensure you settle down not only politically but also financially well," Lokesh said, evoking a thunderous applause from the rank and file. Lokesh said he has no sibling "but all the TDP workers are my brothers and sisters."
The TDP has been taking care of the educational and health care needs of party workers and their children, he pointed out.
"In the long term, we need to create a fund to meet the financial requirements of party workers for education, marriages and health care. I hope the party will take a decision in this regard," Lokesh, who runs Chandrababu's Heritage Dairy business, said.
TDP MLA-elect A Revanth Reddy responded immediately and announced a donation of Rs 5 lakh to the fund.
Sensing the mood and enthusiasm, Chandrababu too reacted spontaneously and announced setting up a special fund.