Visakhapatnam: Scotching rumours of
Praja Rajyam Party`s possible merger with the Congress,
actor-turned-politician Chiranjeevi today said his party would
retain its independent status and function as a "vibrant
Opposition" in Andhra Pradesh.
"Those who do not want Praja Rajyam to flourish, keep
carrying out a misinformation campaign that it would be merged
with Congress. Why should I merge PRP with others, when lakhs
of people are with me.. when I have the love and blessings of
all you? You condemn this campaign when someone says that PRP
will be merged with others," he said in his inaugural address
at the party`s first plenary in this port city.
Speculations that PRP would merge with the Congress began
following Chiranjeevi`s indication that his party, which
completed two years since formation, may bail out the ruling
party if such a situation arose.
Chiranjeevi had decided not to field his party candidate
in the recent Rajya Sabha polls on the request of Congress
president Sonia Gandhi during a meeting between the two in New
Delhi. Media reports also said the Congress may rope in the
Telugu superstar to checkmate the rebellious MP Y S Jagan
"Praja Rajyam would function as a vibrant opposition
towards addressing the problems of people but would not try to
belittle the ruling party just for the sake of it or to gain
political mileage. It will be like a swan. We will appreciate
Congress government if they do good and condemn them if they
do bad," he told a press conference ahead of the inauguration
of the plenary.