Tollywood Super star K.Chiranjeevi’s decision to merge his three year old Praja Rajyam Party with Congress will have no impact in Telangana region, political observers said. Neither PRP had any cadre strength nor Chiranjeevi could create an impact on the people of the region, they recall.
"The drubbing his party received in the T-region in the 2009 general elections tantamounts to this," an analyst said. Of the 119 seats the party contested in the region, it managed to win only Balkonda in Nizamabad and Nirmal in Adilabad district.
While disgruntled leaders of TDP and Congress have joined either TRS or BJP to support the ongoing T-stir, enraged PRP workers in Telangana attacked party offices and closed them after Chiranjeevi announced his vocal support for a united Andhra.
Of the two legislators, Maheshwar Reddy (Nirmal) had already joined hands with former Kadapa MP Jaganmohan Reddy. The other MLA, E Anil Kumar (Balkonda), could get a ministerial post in the aftermath of the merger, say sources.
"Though Chiranjeevi took a united Andhra stand, Anil Kumar, a strong Telangana sympathiser, was with PRP with an eye on ministerial berth," sources said. Being the lone MLA from the T-region, Anil Kumar, a backward class leader, could get a berth in the Kiran Kumar Reddy cabinet in the expansion of the ministry on February 14, insiders said.
Anil Kumar faced angry protests at a dharna camp at Indira Park in Hyderabad on December 30 soon after the Srikrishna Committee report was made public. Slippers were hurled by the protesters forcing Anil to beat a hasty retreat from the camp.