Hyderabad, Feb.11 (NSS): Actor-turned-politician Mr. Chiranjeevi who has recently announced his decision to merge his PRP in the Congress, has said he would be the Dalapati of the ruling party and its star campaigner.
In an interview to a Telugu TV channel, he said if necessary his brother Mr. Pavan Kalyan also would campaign for the Congress party. He said the merger process would be completed in 45 days. After that a Mega public meeting would be held either at Vijayawada or Guntur to formalize the merger. “My main aim now is to protect the Kiran Kumar Reddy government”, he told the channel, while participating in a debate.
Speaking on morality, he said only he and none else was competent to speak on it. Replying questions he said if he could not achieve what he wanted (becoming Chief Minister), it was the fault of those around him and not his. He has expressed confidence that he would dash ahead like ‘Indra’ and would be aggressive if the situation demanded that kind of approach. He has clarified that he was not craving for the Chief Minister post. Replying a question on the possibility of his being sent to the Rajya Sabha, he said no such indication was given to him. He said he was ready to go to Rajya Sabha if the party leadership felt that he was needed there. He said he was so far not given any specific mission by the party.
Expressing happiness at the steps started by the central government to cleanse politics of corruption, he said its influence would be found in the state also soon. He said several people could be involved in corruption in the state also.
When asked if he was to be called as a Congress leader or PRP leader, he said his sir name has changed after joining the Congress party, as it changes to a girl after marriage. He has explained that though the merger looked to outsiders as a sudden development, talks have been going on ever since a vacuum was created after the sudden death of the then Chief Minister Dr. Y S Rajasekhara Reddy. He said opposition parties have tried to turn the instability caused after YSR’s death to their advantage and this was the reason for hastening the merger plan. Answering a question he said the merger proposal came from the Congress. He has expressed the opinion that Congress leaders might have felt that the party could not get enough number of assembly seats though it got 33 Lok Sabha seats because of the presence of PRP and this could be the reason for offering the merger proposal to him.
Mr. Chiranjeevi has said that he had discussed with his party colleagues about the merger plan much before meeting the Congress president Ms. Sonia Gandhi and maintained that majority of his party members had okayed the merger proposal.
MERGER FOR GOOD OF THE PEOPLE
Mr. Chiranjeevi has said that issues like political situation in the state, implementation of various schemes were discussed in his meeting with Mrs. Gandhi. I was told that a win-win situation would emerge if I joined the Congress party. I have decided to merge the party as I was authorized by my party to take such decision after a prolonged discussion, Chiranjeevi told the interviewer.
The former Mega Star said he had not made any formal proposal in his meeting with the Congress president. He said he was of the view that he should receive what the people offer to him. “I never thought what this merger will offer to me. I thought only about what it would do to the people and my colleagues. I felt honored when a leader of the stature of Mr. Antony came to meet me. I felt elated,” he said.
Stating that power was just an ornament to him, he said he had enjoyed much more than that as an actor. He however said that he had never thought that a situation would arise where he would have to merge his party with another party. Stating that he had undergone mental agony about reconciling to that situation, he compared his mental state to that a father sending his daughter to the in-laws’ house. He has maintained that he had however agreed for the merger in view of the welfare of the people. He has affirmed that he would continue to be a servant of the people in whatever the position Congress party kept him in. (NSS)