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Objects to the Praja Rajyam leader's announcement to merge his party with the Congress
HYDERABAD: Ch. Shobharani, president of Mahila Rajyam, women's wing of the Praja Rajyam, lodged a complaint with Chief Electoral Officer Bhanwar Lal against party president K. Chiranjeevi, for his announcement on the Praja Rajyam's merger with the Congress.
She submitted a memorandum to the CEO describing Mr. Chiranjeevi's announcement as “unconstitutional and unethical” and urged the Election Commission to intervene, inquire into the matter and protect the constitutional rights of lakhs of Praja Rajyam followers in the State by taking steps to prevent the merger.
Mr Bhanwar Lal later told reporters that he would forward the memorandum to the Election Commission which was the “registration authority” of political parties.
In her memorandum, Ms. Shobharani, who is also the State organising secretary of the party, launched a tirade against Mr. Chiranjeevi, saying his merger proposal had blatantly undermined the “will of the people.” He had launched the Praja Rajyam on August 26, 2008, at Tirupati with social justice as its main agenda.
The party had contested all the 294 Assembly seats in the 2009 elections on this plank and won 18 of them by securing 17 per cent of votes polled, representing over 70 lakh people.
The Mahila Rajyam chief said even as the party had strengthened itself by establishing separate wings for women, youth, farmers, industrial workers, etc., Mr Chiranjeevi had made the merger announcement suddenly on February 6, 2011, from Delhi without the consent of party leaders and followers.
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