Roja meets YSR, fuels speculation over her defection



Hyderabad: Telugu Desam Party's women's wing president and popular south Indian actress Roja on Sunday met Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy here, fuelling speculation that she may join the ruling Congress.

She, however, told reporters after the meeting that she came to appreciate the chief minister for getting a Rs 6,000 crore NTPC-BHEL power equipment manufacturing unit in her native Chittoor district.

Reddy himself had indicated earlier this month that Roja is likely to join the Congress.

When pointed out that her meeting with the chief minister will strengthen speculation about her political moves, she said, "speculation is always there".

Replying to a query, she said it is not correct to say that she has not been coming to TDP headquarters of late.

Roja's resignation from TDP, if it happens as anticipated, will be a setback to the main opposition as the actress is regarded as an articulate women leader.

She unsuccessfully contested the recent Assembly polls from Chandragiri in her Chittoor district.

Roja, married to Tamil film-maker R K Selvamani, acted in over 100 films in her mother tongue Telugu and also Tamil.

Bureau Report