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Srinivas Prasad returns to Congress

Friday 22 December 2006

Special Correspondent

Former MP likely to join Congress tomorrow

NEW DELHI: Former Union Minister V. Srinivas Prasad on Thursday rejoined the Congress after a decade in the Samata Party and the Janata Dal (Secular). Mr. Prasad, who was a Minister of State in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Government, had taken a break from electoral politics.

Addressing the media at the AICC headquarters here, Mr. Prasad said he had left the Congress in 1996 after he was denied ticket to contest in the elections despite having been elected to Parliament on four occasions since 1980.

Later he sided with senior Janata Dal leader George Fernandes and became a Samata Party MP. He was the State unit president of the party.

Mr. Prasad was welcomed to the party by AICC general secretary B.K. Hari Prasad, KPCC president Mallikarjun Kharge, former Deputy Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and AICC secretary Praveen Davar. Mr. Davar said Mr. Prasad earlier met Defence Minister A.K. Antony, who is incharge of party affairs of the State. Mr. Davar announced that former MP Sashi Kumar would join the Congress in Bangalore on Saturday in the presence of Union Minister Oscar Fernandes.

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