Chiranjeevi to join Cong govt in Andhra?
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Last Updated: Sunday, November 28, 2010, 23:44
Hyderabad: A late night telephone call from Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy to Praja Rajyam Party president K Chiranjeevi has led to wide-spread speculation that his party legislators might be inducted into the Congress ministry to checkmate to rebel MP Y S Jaganmohan Reddy.

The call from Chief Minister, who is currently camping in New Delhi, to the PRP president assumes significance with clear signals that the high command was in no mood to be accommodative towards Jagan and his loyalist MLAs in the constitution of the state Cabinet.

Kiran Kumar reportedly discussed about the Cabinet formation during the telephonic conversation with Chiranjeevi.

Though PRP sources here were tightlipped about the discussion the Chief Minister had with their president, Chiranjeevi immediately took up the issue with his senior colleagues.

Chiranjeevi is expected to meet Kiran here tomorrow afternoon to carry their discussion forward.

Late last night, the Chief Minister asserted in New Delhi that "only Congress" legislators would be part of his Council of Ministers, brushing aside speculation that the PRP would also be offered Cabinet berths.

Even after finalizing his Cabinet list, after hectic parleys with Congress leaders, including Sonia Gandhi, tonight, Kiran did not reveal anything about the possible inclusion of PRP in the Cabinet.

Earlier in the day here, even Chiranjeevi pleaded ignorance about any move by his party to join the Congress government.

Kiran, however, called Chiranjeevi and reportedly told him that he will discuss other things upon returning to Hyderabad tomorrow.

This fuelled fresh talk about the PRP being taken into the Cabinet in the first round itself, rather than in the subsequent expansion.

If this happens, Jagan will lose no time to make his exit from the Congress, political observers here feel.


First Published: Sunday, November 28, 2010, 23:44

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