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Chiranjeevi announces PRP-Congress merger

New Delhi: In a new lease of life for the Kiran Reddy government in Andhra Pradesh, Praja Rajyam party led by Chiranjeevi has decided to merge with Congress.

“We have done our best in the past. For the benefit of the poor and downtrodden we have decided to join hands with Congress,” PRP chief Chiranjeevi told lensman here on Sunday.

“It is the best time to join hands together,” he said after meeting Congress chief Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi.

However, the actor-turned politician rebuffed the speculation that he did so for any inducements. He also denied that there was any division in the PRP over the merger.

“In our party consensus is there, nobody is opposing. Some problems will come up but we will try to resolve that. It is unconditional. We are not concerned with what we will get. I don’t expect anything… any Cabinet berth,” he added.

Senior Congress leader Veerappa Moily, who also addressed the press, expressed hope that the merger will benefit the Congress.

According to political analysts, Congress is roping in Chiranjeevi to counter the threat posed by its former MP YS Jaganmohan Reddy’s yet-to-be launched party. Congress also feels that PRP’s 18 MLAs can save its government in AP by shoring up the legislative arithmetic if there is a threat to it.

PRP came into existence in 2008 amid high fan and fare. However, the actor failed to create the magic in the last assembly polls, garnering 18 seats.

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