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Chiranjeevi expected to formally join Cong on Aug 7

Congress chief Sonia Gandhi has invited Praja Rajyam Party president and Tirupati MLA K Chiranjeevi to New Delhi to meet her anytime between August 7 and 10 to formally take primary membership of the party.

india Updated: Aug 02, 2011 19:30 IST
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Congress chief Sonia Gandhi has invited Praja Rajyam Party president and Tirupati MLA K Chiranjeevi to New Delhi to meet her anytime between August 7 and 10 to formally take primary membership of the party.

The PRP has already technically merged with the Congress in Andhra Pradesh but a public meeting could not be organised as planned to formalise the amalgamation.

The current political uncertainty in the state over the bifurcation issue has jeopardised Chiranjeevi's plans to organise a grand meeting with Sonia or Rahul Gandhi to formalise the merger of his outfit with the ruling party.

In the given circumstances, the Congress high command suggested that Chiranjeevi complete the formalities without any pomp and accordingly he agreed to take membership of the ruling party in the presence of Sonia Gandhi.

Accordingly, Sonia Gandhi is said to have called Chiranjeevi over phone on Tueday and invited him to New Delhi, PRP sources said.

The actor-turned-politician is expected to visit the national capital on August 7 and formally join Congress, they said.

Subsequently other leaders of PRP, including the MLAs, will complete the formalities in the Andhra Pradesh Congress headquarters here.

First Published: Aug 02, 2011 19:25 IST