I am in favour of united Andhra, says Chiranjeevi

Even as the Congress has set yet another deadline of June-end to take a call on the Telangana statehood issue, Union Tourism Minister and party leader from Andhra Pradesh K Chiranjeevi Thursday said "personally" he is in favour of "united Andhra Pradesh".

"But I will go by whatever decision is taken by the party high command. Whatever it is, it should be firm and taken as early as possible," Chiranjeevi told The Indian Express. Before merging his Praja Rajyam Party (PRP) with the Congress two years ago, the actor-turned-politician had opposed the state's bifurcation but refrained from commenting on the issue after joining the Congress.

He criticised senior Congress leader K Keshava Rao and two party MPs who recently joined the TRS, saying that they left the party for "political benefits". "They should have waited for the high command's decision."

Asked if he would like to remain at the Centre as a minister or shift to state politics ahead of Assembly elections, Chiranjeevi said, "This is not in my hand. I am part of the Congress under Madam Sonia Gandhi. I am new to politics. I never thought I could reach this level in administration. I am very satisfied with what I am doing. " He said he had merged his party with the Congress because to "implement our plank of social justice, I needed a bigger support and platform".

Praising CM Kiran Kumar Reddy for his efforts in implementing popular schemes, Chiranjeevi said he has no chief ministerial ambitions. "They (high command) have to decide. Whatever they decide, I will do. I have a pro-poor agenda. I don't have the ambition to occupy the top post. If a situation (to become CM) comes, as my duty, I will perform it. But I am not aiming at that. I enjoyed my life for 30 years as a star. I am satisfied."

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