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GAINING STRENGTH: Praja Rajyam president Chiranjeevi welcoming Telugu Desam Party leader C. Ramachandraiah into the party in Hyderabad on Saturday.
GAINING STRENGTH: Praja Rajyam president Chiranjeevi welcoming Telugu Desam Party leader C. Ramachandraiah into the party in Hyderabad on Saturday.

HYDERABAD: Praja Rajyam (PR) president Chiranjeevi is all set to hit the road once security issues of his mass contact programme are sorted out.

The film star-turned-politician said on Saturday that the committees constituted for working out modalities of his programme were almost through, including the route that should be taken. The exact date would be announced once the security aspects were cleared.

Mr. Chiranjeevi disclosed this in a chat with reporters after some leaders from other parties, including senior TDP leader C. Ramachandraiah and independent MLC Gorle Haribabu Naidu, formally joined the PR. He said the PR would welcome leaders who volunteered to join the new party without lure for posts or positions.

The bio-data of the leaders joining the PR would be vetted by a committee based on which they would be given membership. Asserting that the PR would work for ushering in a change in the present system, he said he would take along all those “who are changing their ideas to suit my principles”.

Mr. Ramachandraiah said there was no dearth of posts and positions for him in the Telugu Desam ever since he joined it 25 years ago. But he quit the party as it was deviating from the ideals for which N.T. Rama Rao founded it. “Loyalty to individuals is tantamount to slavery and I left the TDP on ethical grounds,” he said.

APCC Scheduled Castes’ Cell chairman Bunga Sarathy, former legislator V. Jagapathi Rao and others too joined the PR.

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