How does an MLA show labourers there are no ghosts in graveyards? He sleeps in one
Nimmala Rama Naidu, a state lawmaker from Andhra Pradesh, spent Friday night on a folding cot under the open sky in a mosquito-infested graveyard.
You may well ask: Why on earth would he do that? The answer is inspiring.
It turns out that Naidu, a Telugu Desam Party MLA, slept there to convince labourers that there were no ghosts or 'evil forces'.
His attempt to modernise the crematorium -- with facilities like washrooms and a park -- hit a roadblock because labourers were afraid of such paranormal activity.
On Saturday, Naidu assured them he would spend a few more nights there.
In nearby Kerala, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan is mightily impressed.
"Rama Naidu's efforts are...not a local affair," Vijayan tweeted.
"It should attract national attention because his is a fight against frivolous rituals and rampant superstition."
Rama Naidu is a crusader against superstition. He has decided spend more nights at this crematorium in Palakole of West Godavari district to instil confidence among workers who are afraid of ghostsPinarayi Vijayan (@vijayanpinarayi) June 24, 2018