A revolt is said to be brewing in the Praja Rajyam Party over party president Chiranjeevi’s decision to forge an alliance with the Congress party for Rajya Sabha elections and also in the future.
Some of the PRP leaders, including some MLAs, are understood to have disapproved Chiranjeevi’s decision to forge alliance with the Congress. Sources said as many as nine out of 18 MLAs stayed away from the PRP executive meeting on Tuesday. “Some of them like Allagadda MLA Shobha Nagi Reddy and her husband Bhuma Nagi Reddy, have been moving closely in the camp of Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, while others like MLAs Ghanta Srinivasa Rao and former MLA K Subbarayudu are inclined towards the Telugu Desam Party, as they would not be comfortable moving with the Congress leaders,” party sources said.
According to sources, Jaganmohan Reddy is making moves to check Congress high commands plans by alluring the PR legislators to garner their support. Nirmal MLA Eleti Maheshwar Reddy already announced his support to Jaganmohan Reddy, while Shobha is also planning to come out in support of Jagan. A senior PR leader said that three to four PR MLAs from coastal Andhra would oppose Chiranjeevi’s plan to forge alliance with Congress. He opined that PR would be divide if Praja Rajyam agreed to give support for Congress in Rajay Saba elections or take berths in chief minister K Rosaiah’s cabinet. He accused that Chiranjeevi was giving importance to a sycophant PR leader, who hails from Kadapa, though he faced problem in politics with his suggestions.
He said that some PR legislators are still continuing in the party due to party defection act. He said PR chief would witness party collapse if he takes unilateral decision without considering his party leaders opinions.
However, the political experts are opining that internal rivalries would ditch PR even before the Congress.
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