Merger talks as Chiru meets CM

Hyderabad, Nov. 13: In the backdrop of a possible alliance and merger with the Congress, the Praja Rajyam chief, Mr K. Chiranjeevi on Friday met the Chief Minister, Mr K. Rosaiah, at the latter’s residence. Though the PR leaders claimed that the meeting was purely to demand a concrete inquiry into Obulapuram mines, sources said such meetings would take the PR “closer” to the Congress in future.
The PR did not attend the all party meeting organised by the Telugu Desam chief, Mr N. Chandrababu Naidu, on Friday but preferred to meet Mr Rosaiah over the same issue. He was closeted with the Chief Minister for more than half an hour.
In fact, both the leaders were scheduled to meet two weeks ago to finalise an alliance between the PR and the Congress. However, Mr Chiranjeevi decided not to meet Mr Rosaiah after the breakdown of talks between the two parties when the supporters of the Kadapa MP, Mr Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy vehemently opposed a truck between the two parties. An alliance between the two parties is likely to be finalised for the zilla parishad and civic elections scheduled for next year.
“Mr Chiranjeevi has made it clear that he was not averse to have an alliance with the Congress in future. However, he will not accept a merger proposal since he will remain as one of the leaders in the Congress,” said a source in the party.
Meanwhile, the Rajya Sabha MP, Mr K.V.P. Ramachandra Rao and the minister for panchayat raj, Mr Botsa Satyanarayana, held discussions with Chiranjeevi’s brother-in-law, Mr Allu Aravind in a five star hotel on Friday night.


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