PRP calls off proposed GHMC poll tie-up with Cong
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Last Updated: Monday, November 02, 2009, 22:59
Hyderabad: The Praja Rajyam Party has called off its proposed electoral alliance with the ruling Congress party in Andhra Pradesh citing internal differences within the latter as a stumbling block in their way.

"There will be no alliance with the Congress and we shall fight the November 23 elections to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) on our own," Praja Rajyam Party Political Affairs Committee (PAC) member C Ramachandraiah told reporters late tonight.

"We have our strategies in place and we shall proceed accordingly," he said after the PAC meeting.

He pointed out that it was the Pradesh Congress Committee president D Srinivas who first announced a tie-up between the two parties for the GHMC elections. "We are not begging any party to join hands with us. So, we are not concerned with what AICC general secretary M Veerappa Moily said about our proposed alliance," Ramachandraiah remarked.

It may be recalled that the Congress and the PRP sought to forge an alliance for the GHMC elections. However, the Congress backed out following a virtual rebellion within the party over the proposed tie-up with the 15-month-old party. Veerappa Moily has dubbed the proposed alliance between the Congress and the PRP as a non-issue.

Meanwhile, the PCC president said the Congress high command was in full knowledge of things related to the proposed alliance with actor Chiranjeevi's party. "The high command is aware of the efforts to align with the PRP. Chief Minister K Rosaiah and others also know about the moves," Srinivas pointed out.

43 nominations filed

A total of 43 nominations were filed today for the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections scheduled to be held on November 23.

With today's nominations, their total number so far is 53, State Election Commission sources said.

As per the schedule announced for the civic polls in the Andhra Pradesh capital, the last date for nominations is November six. The nomination papers would be scrutinised on November seven and the last date for withdrawal is November 10.

Elections for 150 municipal divisions would be held on November 23 and counting would be taken up on November 26.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, November 02, 2009, 22:59

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