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Congress extends invitation to PRP in a move to consolidate its position

January 31, 2011
Hyderabad

At a time when Congress in the State is facing threat to its government from all quarters, the AICC as a damage control move rushed its representative AK Anthony, a senior leader and CWC member to Praja Rajyam Party president K Chiranjeevi on Monday extended invitation to him to meet AICC president Sonia Gandhi for mutual benefit. Anthony met Chiranjeevi at his Jubilee Hills residence and held talks for nearly two hours. Sources said that Anthony reportedly asked Chiranjeevi to come up with a clear proposal for sharing power and indicated that the party is prepared for a bargain. APCC president D Srinivas and several PRP leaders participated in the meeting. Interestingly, Chiranjeevi and Anthony were closeted together for nearly 15 minutes when no aides were present. It is said that Anthony wanted Chiranjeevi to come up with specific proposals whether the party was willing to join the government by accepting some Cabinet berths or was in favor of merger.

The meeting took significance at a time when the Congress government in the State is at threat from its own rebel Congress MLAs to camp YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and a possible threat of TDP tabling a no-confidence motion against the government in the coming budget sessions. Though the Congress MLAs supporting Jagan clearly says that they will not collapse the government formed by YS Rajasekhara Reddy at any cost and the TDP already denied reports in that direction, the Congress party at any cost do not like to take a chance. PRP president Chiranjeevi already conveyed its support to the government by coming to its rescue from possible collapse. Speaking to media, PRP leader C Ramachandraiah maintained that the issue of the party joining the Cabinet did not figure at the meeting as Anthony came only as an embassy of the party and a decision will be taken only after the president Chiranjeevi met Sonia Gandhi.

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