Telugu matinee idol and former chief minister of Andhra Pradesh NT Rama Rao’s widow, Nandamuri Lakshmi Parvathi, is all set to wage a legal battle with Rao’s family members over his 8,000 square feet bungalow at Bajulla Road in Chennai, now worth over Rs 20 crore.
While NTR’s sons are reportedly contemplating selling the building which is now in a dilapidated condition, his son-in-law N Chandrababu Naidu, chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, is said to be toying with the idea of renovating the building and use it as the Telugu Desam Party office unit in Chennai.
Lakshmi Parvathi, who married NTR just two-and-a-half years before his death in January 1996, stakes claim over the property as it is still in the name of her husband and she was his legal successor of the property. “I have engaged a lawyer to file a suit in the Chennai civil court and I am confident that I will get justice,” she said.
However, Lakshmi Parvathi does not have the registered documents of the property to prove that it was NTR’s personal property. “When he moved to Hyderabad in 1982 after entering politics, he allowed his elder daughter Lokeshwari to stay in his Chennai house. But, he did not write it in her name. She later vacated the house and shifted to a new house. The documents must be with her or her brothers. I am applying for a duplicate set of documents,” she said.
“Nobody bothered to take care of this house in the last 30 years. Now, NTR’s sons are trying to make money by selling it,” Lakshmi Parvathi said.
She made a vain bid to continue the legacy of her husband’s political career by floating NTR TDP, she had to disband it as she had no resources to run it. She joined the YSR Congress party headed by YS Jaganmohan Reddy only to take on Chandrababu Naidu, but she does not have much role in it.