Chiranjeevi Updated: As predicted by TOI last week, the script played as scheduled. Praja Rajyam Sunday Party president Chiranjeevi K announced the merger without conditions of his party to 30 months with the Congress.
Speaking to the media outside 10 Janpath in New Delhiafter a 55-minute discussion with Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Chiranjeevi said he wanted to do more for the backward classes and was convinced that only the Congress party could help to advance his board of social justice. The merger is expected to take place Feb. 14.
With this the government Kiran Kumar breath easily with the Congress in Andhra Pradesh being hit by Jagan shenanigans. But some analysts found that the celebrations in the districts of Congress would be premature. This is because Jagan would still try to wean Praja Rajyam Party members to join the Congress. “The party could merge with the Congress, but efforts to obtain Jagan rode the member for his sheep.” Said one political analyst. Chiranjeevi party has 17 deputies.
Chiranjeevi said: “I wanted to do more for the people of our state meeting with Congress President Sonia Gandhi was cordial We came to an agreement with the Congress party to a merger The two sides agreed to meet to renew … our commitment to backward classes (BCS). During discussions, I raised questions in many states. We asked for adequate measures of social justice for OBCs and minorities, women reservation, the national status and Polavaram projects Pranahita-Chevelle, better financial package to farmers, artisans and incentives for more funds castes and tribes. Together we will serve society in a better way, “he added.
“We took this decision to improve the state and our people. Our main concern is our state. We’re not particularly what we get out of the merger, but what the people of the State win out. It is the duty of the Congress high command to take care of us and assign responsibilities, that 70 lakh people have placed our faith, “Idol said. But analysts believe that some deal is sure to have been developed although it was not made public.
We learn that if Sonia political secretary Ahmad Patel, Congress AP affairs incharge Veerappa Moily and PRP CAP member C Ramachandraiah were present at the meeting, the president of the PRP was closetted with the President of Congress to interact face-to-head for nearly 25 minutes to seal the merger.Chiranjeevi said he did not put forward conditions Sonia Gandhi to the merger, but requested more assistance in several matters relating to the state.
In response to a question about what led both the Congress, Chiranjeevi said he needed a larger platform to realize the cause of his party for social justice. “I tried my best to work for uplift of weaker sections. I am of the Congress Party with its large facility can help me do this better, “he said.
Chiranjeevi and his team members are expected to formally join the Congress on February 14 in the presence of AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi at a party program in the decision city.Welcoming Chiranjeevi, Moily said: “We certainly have a strong leader in the form of Chiranjeevi, who will strengthen the Congress party in addition to the state. It is a great asset to the Indian National Congress. He became a member of the Congress party unconditionally. ”
With Chiranjeevi in the fold of the Congress, the party would be one of its main voting base Kapus return. The Congress was the main base of the Reddys, Kapus and Malas (in the sect of the Dalit community). The Praja Rajyam party advent threatened to take the path that Kapus voted overwhelmingly for the party at the last assembly elections and Chiranjeevi helped collect 18 percent of the votes cast.
Praja Rajyam Party : Actor-turned politician and Praja Rajyam Party (PRP) chief Chiranjeevi on Sunday announced to merge his party with the Congress in Andhra Pradesh, providing much-needed boost to the latter in the state.
Actor south met Congress chief Sonia Gandhi at her 10 Janpath residence and then informed reporters of the merger.
“I need a much larger platform to take forward the initiative for social justice. Thus, for the private community and oppressed, I decided to combine their efforts to strengthen ourselves and the people, he said, justifying the merger.
“No body is against it. 99 per cent of our party said he’s fine,” he said on the reactions of his own party.
He said that the merger was unconditional and he is more concerned with what people have from this.
He said by joining, it can offer better service to the public, he hoped.
“I have no selfish motive. I’m all for the improvement of people only, “he said, exclude joining the State Cabinet.
Union law minister and Congress leader Veerappa Moily said that the merger will strengthen the Congress in Andhra Pradesh.
Congress in AP is trying to time various political storms, including the question Telanagana state and the challenge of Jagan Mohan Reddy renegade party, son of late Chief Minister YSR Reddy.
The actor-turned-politician said there was “no objection” within his party Andhra three regional amalgamation.
“PRI will now merge with the Congress. As of now, Chiranjeevi is part of the family of Congress,” Union Law Minister, Mr Veerappa Moily told reporters here, with Telugu superstar Chiranjeevi date with him.
Asked if he expected a cabinet berth, Chiranjeevi said, “I expect nothing. It is their (Congress) allocate … ”
The meeting between Sonia Gandhi and Chiranjeevi held Sunday at the invitation of President of the Congress.
Congress was concerned about the threat posed by former party MP YS Jaganmohan Reddy to his government of Andhra Pradesh and had tried to woo the PRI or merge with it or join the government.
The PRI has 18 legislators in the 294-member Assembly of Andhra Pradesh. The 156 members of Congress, had a narrow majority.