ANDHRA PRADESH

State-recognised party status for PR

Fraternity first: A delegation of Movie Artistes Association led by actor Murali Mohan congratulating PR chief Chiranjeevi on his election as a legislator, in Hyderabad on Tuesday. -

Fraternity first: A delegation of Movie Artistes Association led by actor Murali Mohan congratulating PR chief Chiranjeevi on his election as a legislator, in Hyderabad on Tuesday. -   | Photo Credit: PHOTO: P.V. SIVAKUMAR

HYDERABAD: Praja Rajyam headed by film star-turned-politician K. Chiranjeevi has become eligible for the status of a State-recognised party after the elections.

This follows the party securing 16.22 per cent share out of the total votes polled in the Assembly constituencies. This is significantly higher than the minimum quota of six per cent prescribed by the Election Commission for eligibility to be recognised as a State party.

Contesting in 289 Assembly constituencies, the PR polled 68,22,946 votes out of a total of 4,20,57,258 votes recorded in the two phases of elections.

Deposits forfeited

However, its candidates in 42 Assembly constituencies forfeited their deposits as they failed to poll one-sixth of the total votes polled.

Under the election law, a political party has to get 6 per cent of the total valid votes polled in an election to the Legislative Assembly, apart from having four candidates elected to the House, to get the State-recognised party status.

The PR has now fulfilled both these conditions. Eighteen candidates of the party have been elected to the Assembly in the just-concluded elections.

Now that the PR has qualified for the recognised party status, it can retain Rail Engine as its election symbol. Nonetheless, it has to apply to the Election Commission to formally get recognised party status and retention of the rail engine as its symbol.

Meanwhile, Praja Rajyam general secretary Allu Aravind on Tuesday challenged that if former party leader Parakala Prabhakar could prove his allegations that party tickets were sold, he would quit politics.

At a press conference, reacting to Mr. Prabhakar’s allegation, Mr. Aravind said, “I will walk out of this party if Parakala can prove his allegations. I am a man of honour. My integrity is my strength and I will not be cowed down by the statements of a person whose credibility is questionable.”.

Earlier in the afternoon, in what said to be a first, a delegation from the Movie Artistes Association, led by its president M. Murali Mohan and character artiste and comedian AVS called on Mr. Chiranjeevi at his party office and congratulated him on his winning the Tirupati seat.

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