Actor Balakrishna is believed to have asked his brother-in-law and TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu to act tough against Vijayawada TDP leader Vallabhaneni Vamsi for his bonhomie with their rival Jaganmohan Reddy. According to highly-placed sources, Balaiah’s anger forced Naidu to react with an unusual speed in serving a show-cause notice to Vamsi on Saturday.
In fact, Balaiah reportedly suggested Naidu to give 48 hours to Vamsi to explain his case and immediately push him out. “In no case, Vamsi should be allowed to continue in the party. Take stringent action against leaders who think they are bigger than the party. We do not need to depend on juniors (read Junior NTR),” the message from Balaiah to Naidu said.
Incidentally, Junior NTR was furious at Naidu as TDP followers were called for the Krishna district bandh the day his new film ‘Dammu’ was released.
Ignoring the pleas of local leaders Kodali Nani and Vamsi, who are close to the actor, Krishna district TDP chief Devineni Umamaheswara Rao went ahead with the bandh on Friday. While the noon shows were cancelled in Vijayawada due to the bandh, Kodali Nani forced the owners of theatres in Gudivada to screen the film despite the bandh.
Sources said that Junior NTR and Vamsi discussed the issue at length and the former reportedly encouraged Vamsi to go and meet Jagan in full public view to irritate Naidu.