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Congress calls PRP president for talks on Rajya Sabha polls

May 27, 2010
Hyderabad

The Praja Rajyam Party President K Chiranjeevi has been invited to New Delhi by the Congress High Command for talks to explore the possibility of some kind of understanding in the next month's elections to the Rajya Sabha from Andhra Pradesh. The developments are in line with the recent announcement of Chiranjeevi that his party would contest the elections to the Upper House and Chiranjeevi's statement was received with a bit of skepticism since his party has only 18 MLAs where as a minimum of 42 votes are required for a candidate to get elected to Rajya Sabha.

Elections to six Rajya Sabha seats are slated to be held on June 11 following completion of the term of Union Minister of State for Environment Jairam Ramesh, JD Seelam, V Hanumantha Rao, Girish Sanghi and N Janardhana Reddy and P Madhu.

The Congress is poised to win four seats though not very comfortably. It has 156 MLAs and plans to seek the support of seven MIM MLAs and three independents, who have become associate member of Congress to ensure smooth sailing of its candidates. The TDP that have 91 MLAs can easily win two seats for which there is considerable jostling among the aspirants.

It may be recalled that the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K Rosaiah, on his recent visit to New Delhi, has talked about the Rajya Sabha nominations from the state with Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, Ms. Sonia Gandhi and Union Home Minister Chidambaram.

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