Chiru gets RS seat offer from Congress

The Praja Rajyam chief, Mr K. Chiranjeevi, on Tuesday, confirmed that there were moves within the party to accept an offer from the Congress to field a candidate for the Rajya Sabha.

While talking to mediapersons, Mr Chiranjeevi said: “It is only a proposal till now and nothing has been decided. We don’t know what the Congress expects from us. We thought the Congress is offering us a seat.’’

He said he is neither aware of the Congress’ plans nor any pre-condition for the seat offer. When scribes told him that the Congress stipulated a merger of the PR with the Congress as a precondition for considering a RS seat, Mr Chirajeevi said he was not aware of it.

“Is it wrong to accept the offer? In the past, the Telugu Desam and the Congress offered Rajya Sabha seats to the CPI and CPI(M) as a friendly gesture,’’ Mr Chiranjeevi said.

He was reminded that those parties were allies of the Congress and the TD at that time. He was silent when asked about a possible alliance between the PR and the Congress.

Meanwhile, the PCC president, Mr D. Srinivas, while talking to this newspaper said he was not aware of any such moves from the party offering an RS seat to the PR.

“I don’t know who is making such moves. There is a lot of time to decide on the candidates. The Congress will file nominations for four seats and win comfortably whenever the RS elections are held,’’ Mr Srinivas said.(DC)

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