Senior Telugu Desam Party leader and son of former chief minister NT Rama Rao, actor Nandamuri Harikrishna (61) passed away while being treated for injuries sustained in a road accident on the outskirts of Nalgonda on Wednesday morning.
His car met with an accident near Anneparthy and he was rushed to Kamineni Hospital in Narketpally. The accident took place when the Fortuner (AP 28 BW 2323) driven by Harikrishna turned turtle after hitting the road divider. It was said the vehicle was in a high speed and there were three more in it. The other passengers have also received injuries.
Harikrishna, the fourth son of TDP founder N T Rama Rao and brother-in-law of Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu. At the inception of TDP, he was with his father driving `Chaitanya Ratham’ vehicle, by which N T Ramarao had travelled over 75,000 kms covering all nook and corners of united Andhra Pradesh, so that mobilising people’s support. He was also president of the party youth wing Telugu Yuvatha for some time.
Duirng early 90s he became instrument for Chandrababu Naidu to revolt against his father-in-law NTR and take up Chief Ministership. As a gratitude, Harikrishna was inducted in his first cabinet as transport minister. But he was forced to resign with in six months and since then he was kept away. Later, Harikrishna had revolted against his brother-in-law and started Anna Telugu Desam Party, contested alls eats in 1999 polls. However, Vajapayee’s wave helped Chandrababu Naidu to win back.
Later he joined TDP and beame Rajya Sabha member. However, since Chandrababu Naidu started promoting his son Nara Lokesh as political successor, Harikrishna was again kept away from party affairs, though he is continuing as member of the party’s politburo.
Harikrishna started acting as a child artist and acted in several films. His elder son Jayakrishna was also died in a road accident, almost at the same place, few years ago. His two other sons Kalyan Ram and NTR are also cine heros now. NTR, who looks like his grand father NT Rama Rao is one of succeesful hero presently in Tollywood.