As a mark of protest against demonetisation, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MP,Dr Naramalli Sivaprasad stood outside an ATM on Tilak road, dressed as a snake charmer and story teller. “I wanted to tell the plight of the common man who is facing immense problems in withdrawing money. People are forced to stand in queues for hours together. I wanted to draw the PM’s attention to this problem,” Dr Sivaprasad said.
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Dr Naramalli Sivaprasad who was seen in Parliament on Tuesday dressed in half-black and half-white trousers and shirt is known for his novel ways of protesting and the costumes that go with it. He fits into the roles perfectly because he is an actor, having acted in 27 Telugu films and directed four. A medical doctor by education, Sivaprasad joined the TDP in 1995. In 1999 he was elected to the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, and became Minister for Information and Culture. In 2009 he was given a ticket to contest and won from Chittoor Lok Sabha seat and again in 2014.
A colourful character in reel life he tries to bring the same when he protests in real life. Sivaprasad’s unique protests were seen ahead of the Parliament session in 2014 when the Bill to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh to create Telangana was being discussed. He dressed up as sage Narada to advise the Congress to keep the state united; as Lord Krishna with a crown and garland, he approached Sonia Gandhi saying he was bringing a message not to bifurcate AP; and as a traditional story teller. He said that he wanted to draw the attention of people and Parliamentarians.
He shocked Parliament several times by dressing up as an old woman, Santa Clause, Bheem, Mahatma Gandhi, and tribal worker. While protesting against the bifurcation of AP, he whiplashed himself several times outside the Parliament.
His antics make him very popular in his home constituency Chittor where on April 9, 2013 he wore only a loin cloth and whipped himself in protest against the then Congress Government’s move to increase power charges.