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Chiru to meet Sonia over merger

delhi Updated: Feb 05, 2011 00:10 IST
Prasad Nichenametla
Prasad Nichenametla
Hindustan Times
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Matinee idol-turned-politician Chiranjeevi is in big dilemma now a days — should he merge his party (Praja Rajyam Party) with Congress and dance to their tunes or support the Andhra Pradesh government taking up the director’s role.

Though the Congress wanted Chiru, as he is popularly known, to join them for long, the immediate threat of ex- party man Jaganmohan Reddy is making him anxious.

So much so that on Monday he sent party core group member AK Antony to extend the olive branch and an invitation to meet the party chief Sonia Gandhi.

Chiru is brainstorming with his men in Hyderabad and will be in New Delhi on Sunday to meet Mrs Gandhi.

In a 294 Andhra Assembly, the Congress has a wafer-thin majority with 155 MLAs out of which 24 are already aligned with Jagan. PRP with 18 MLAs (two of which are with Jagan) can rescue the government with a helping hand from All India Majlis Ittehadul Muslimeen — having seven seats.

With Chiru on its side, the Congress can consolidate its traditional vote bank of Kapus — lately weaning away with Jaganmohan’s prominence.

But the Kapu leader, politically inexperienced, is confused. After drubbing in 2009 elections, Chiru knows its not up to him alone to run the show and realises the need of an alliance.

While majority of the party leaders are in favour of a merger, the concern is if he would be getting ‘the respect his stature demands’.

It is not ruling out the proposal of Chiru’s CM candidature in event of mid-term elections — which can be the case given the politically volatile state of Andhra Pradesh due to Jagan and Telangana.