ANDHRA PRADESH

CM's brother to join Congress today

TIRUPATI Dec. 7. Nara Ramamurthy Naidu, younger brother of the Chief Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu, will join the Congress tomorrow in the presence of the All India Congress Committee President, Sonia Gandhi, in New Delhi on Monday.

Mr. Ramamurthy's jump onto the Congress bandwagon is believed to be the climax of the protracted cold war between the brothers, which had begun with Mr. Ramamurthy's defeat from Chandragiri constituency in the last Assembly elections. Though following the naxal attack on the CM's convoy, the strained relations between the two brothers showed signs of improvement with Ramamurthy making a re-entry into the CM's inner circles, it did not seem to last long.

Asked about it, Mr. Ramamurthy, who was on board the aircraft en route to Delhi told The Hindu tonight over the phone, "you do not know the humiliation he has subjected me to. I will tell you everything after I return from Delhi." Answering questions, Mr. Ramamurthy said there was no need for G. Aruna, Congress member from Chandragiri in the dissolved Assembly, to leave the party just because he was joining the Congress.

"Even if she is given the party ticket for Chandragiri, myself and all my party cadres would work wholeheartedly for her victory." Mr. Ramamurthy expressed his inclination to contest either from Tirupati, Srikalahasti, Puttur or Chittoor. He, however, evaded answering a question on whether he would accept the ticket for the Kuppam seat represented by his brother.

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