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Feb 06, 2011 09:03 PM IST Politics Politics
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New Delhi: Actor turned politician and Praja Rajyam Party chief Chiranjeevi will bring with him atleast 16 of his party's 18 MLAs and that number will help the Congress party consolidate its position in Andhra Pradesh.

The worry for the party was former Congress MP Jagan Mohan Reddy, who left the party may try to topple the state govt by pulling out MLAs.

The Congress presently has 156 MLAs. For a simple majority it needs only 148. But Jagan Mohan Reddy may have the support of upto 20 MLAs and so Chiranjeevi with his 16 MLAs neutralises the number threat.

Chiranjeevi lost the race during the Assembly elections. Projecting himself as the next Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh could get him only 18 seats.

And now he hopes he would have greater political clout as a Congress leader. Sources indicate that he or someone from his party could be given a Rajya Sabha nomination and some ministerial berths in the State.

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