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PR struggling to retain leaders

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HYDERABAD: The Praja Rajyam is finding it tough to retain leaders who earlier migrated from other parties, attracted by the charisma of party president K. Chiranjeevi.

The latest in the list of leaders whose name began figuring among those planning to leave was T. Seetharam. However, when contacted, he dismissed the reports as ‘trash’.

“I am busy conducting reviews of the party functioning in my native Srikakulam district, apart from preparing the cadres and leadership to hit out at the Government on local issues plaguing the people. I spoke to Mr. Chiranjeevi on Friday afternoon also,” he said.

Most people who were denied Assembly and Lok Sabha tickets expressed their disappointment early on, prominent among them being Venkateswara Rao, who was president of the Chiranjeevi Fans’ Association. Subsequently, the resignation of people like party vice-president C. Anjaneya Reddy, general secretaries Parakala Prabhakar and later P. Mitra, dented the Praja Rajyam’s image.

After the election results, many party regulars began avoiding the headquarters.

They include Srinath and Koneru Kumar, who were considered close aides of Mr. Chiranjeevi. Mr. Kumar, a non-resident Indian was said to have flown back to the United States. Media Committee Chairman T. Seshnarayan quit the party.

On Friday, Rajaiah, who contested on behalf of the party from Qutbullapur Assembly constituency and about 200 of his supporters ,joined the TDP in the presence of party president N. Chandrababu Naidu.

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