Hyderabad, Sep 5: Make way for Prajarajyam... Many senior politicians and activists from other political parties are joining Chiranjeevi's political party, Prajarajyam. At the moment, it seems to be Chiranjeevi's gain and Chandrababu Naidu's loss in Andhra Pradesh. T Sitaram, Chandrababu Naidu's tourism minister joined Chiranjeevi's Prajarajyam on Thursday, Sep 4. "I am very happy. I am expecting another batch. I will introduce them to you soon," said Chiranjeevi.
On Monday, Sep 8 another political heavyweight Vidyadhar Rao, who was Naidu's industry minister, joined hands with Chiranjeevi.
"The people are the same, remember that. These changes are temporary and you may imagine a lot. But ultimately TDP will get the support of the people," said Chandrababu Naidu, President, TDP. However, Naidu says that a couple of bad apples won't upset his electoral applecart in 2009.
Chiranjeevi is also vying to woo the Left parties, with whom Naidu is already cosying up. A meeting between the left leaders and Chiranjeevi's party is said to be open-ended, something Naidu would not be too happy about.
Prajarajyam asserted that it was the only political alternative to the ruling Congress in Andhra Pradesh. “People are looking for a change which we alone are capable of providing," said spokespersons P Mitra and Parakala Prabhakar.
Responding to Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy"s remarks on Wednesday, Sep 3 that the Congress would win all except two seats in East and West Godavari districts, they said the Praja Rajyam candidates would romp home with a majority of 20,000 votes in every seat in the two districts.
Referring to the controversy over the secret letter written by US President George W. Bush to the American Congress on the Indo-US nuclear deal, Mr. Parakala demanded that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh come clean and offer an explanation. “Either President Bush"s letter to the Senate is false or Dr. Singh should admit that he misled the Parliament."