No threat to Congress govt: Chiranjeevi
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Last Updated: Monday, August 22, 2011, 20:39
Hyderabad: In the wake of resignations by the legislators loyal to Kadapa MP Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, the actor-turned-politician Chiranjeevi and senior Congress leaders from Andhra Pradesh on Monday asserted that there is no threat to the state government.

26 MLAs, including 24 from ruling Congress and two TDP rebel legislators, today put in their papers protesting inclusion of late chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy's name in the CBI FIR in a probe into his son Jaganmohan's assets.

"I had said on an earlier occasion that we will protect the government. Such a situation prevails today. We are responsible for the stability of this government. May be for this reason, Sonia Gandhiji sought merger of Praja Rajyam with Congress. This shows her farsightedness and vision. Nothing can be done to this government," Chiranjeevi said.

He was speaking at a function in Gandhi Bhavan, the state Congress headquarters, where the Praja Rajyam MLAs and other party leaders formally joined the ruling party.

Chiranjeevi formally became member of Congress in the presence of AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi on August 20.

Observing that the public mood in the country is against corruption as witnessed in the massive support for Anna Hazare's fast and the outcome of Tamil Nadu Assembly polls, he indicated that a similar fate awaited "them" (Jagan and loyalists).

In an apparent reference to Jagan, state Congress president Botsa Satyanarayana said some individuals and parties are trying to destabilise the Congress government.

"There is an impression in some that they can do anything with money. We need to face this unitedly. We need to safeguard democracy," he said.

Asserting that the Congress base is strong in Andhra Pradesh, Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy said none can defeat Congress and that the party would lose only if it is not united.


First Published: Monday, August 22, 2011, 20:39

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