Chiranjeevi may resign

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Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: Praja Rajyam (PR) president K. Chiranjeevi is under pressure from a majority of the party leaders to resign as MLA and lead the movement for a unified Andhra Pradesh. A senior party leader said he is likely to formally announce his decision on Thursday and meet Assembly Speaker N. Kiran Kumar Reddy and hand over his resignation letter.

After much confusion within the party, the PR has finally decided to pitch in its lot with the ongoing agitation in Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions for a unified Andhra Pradesh.

The party arrived at this conclusion after internal discussions lasting nearly the whole of Wednesday, notwithstanding the strong reactions it evoked in Telangana region following reports that it was preparing to do a U-turn.

Several key PR leaders of Telangana threatened to resign while activists tore the banners and posters of films starring his son, Ram Charan Tej and nephew Allu Arjun, besides burning the effigies of Chiranjeevi.

A party MLA who did not want to be named said that the PR chief was impressed upon by the leaders to change the position that the party had taken in favour of Telangana and bat for an integrated State. The party has already lost valuable time and yielded the initiative to TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu and Congress MP Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy who were pro-integration, they said. They wanted him to seize the initiative and lead the movement.

Once Mr. Chiranjeevi takes the decision to resign, he is likely to tour Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions. The MLA said the PR chief may not launch an indefinite strike in Tirupati as was being speculated.



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