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Press Trust Of India / ibnlive.in.com / Posted on Aug 22, 2011 at 06:22pm IST.
Hyderabad: It was supposed to be a momentous day for the ruling Congress in Andhra Pradesh with formalities related to the merger of Praja Rajyam Party getting completed on Monday.
There was a grand celebration at the APCC headquarters 'Gandhi Bhavan' to commemorate the occasion with Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, PCC president Botsa Satyanarayana and a host of party leaders in attendance to welcome the 'star of the day' K Chiranjeevi and his group of MLAs into their fold.
But, along with the jubilation there was also some desolation in the Congress camp as at least two dozen of its MLAs formally snapped their ties with the party besides quitting their Assembly membership.
The Congress Legislature Party's balance sheet thus read '17 in' and '24 out' on Monday though it doesn't really pose any threat to the Kiran Kumar Reddy government as it still has 152 MLAs on its side and can also count on seven of the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen.
The government will not fall by any means, even if the resignations of all the 26 MLAs are accepted.
"So, even if the 26 resignations are accepted, it will only be an advantage for the government as it will have a larger strength than required," a legal expert analysed.
The same confidence was reflected in Congress leaders' assertion at the Gandhi Bhavan function that none could pull down the party government.
On their part, the Jagan loyalists too maintained that they had no intention to dislodge the Kiran Kumar Reddy government and their resignations were only to protest against tarnishing of late Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy's name in the ongoing CBI case against the Kadapa MP.
Assembly Speaker Nadendla Manohar, who summarily rejected the resignations of 101 MLAs from Telangana last month on the ground that they were submitted in a fit of emotion, is unlikely to take a decision soon on the Jagan-loyal MLAs' resignations.
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