Hyderabad: As expected the Praja Rajyam
Party has decided not to contest the by-polls for 10 Assembly
seats in the Telangana region.
"We have decided not to contest the by-elections. PRP
workers and Chiranjeevi fans can vote in the polls according
to their will," PRP Political Affairs Committee member
Kotagiri Vidyadhara Rao said here today.
Talking to newsmen at the party office, Vidyadhara Rao
said the by-elections were not a referendum on Telangana
"The Telangana Rashtra Samiti is provoking the people
by stirring up the regional sentiment," he alleged.
Everyone should respect the report of Justice
Srikrishna Committee that was studying the situation in Andhra
Pradesh, he added.
The Praja Rajyam Party has been reduced to nothing in
the Telangana region after it changed its stand in support of
a unified Andhra Pradesh. The party could win only two seats
in Telangana in the 2009 general elections but both the MLAs
walked out of PRP protesting the pro-unified state stand.
Though PRP chief K Chiranjeevi declared his intention
to tour the Telangana region to muster support for a unified
Andhra Pradesh, he could not venture because of the stiff
opposition he faced from separatist groups.
Given the antagonism it faces in Telangana, the PRP
decided to stay away from the by-polls.