It may be recalled that Jaya Prada expressed her intention to come back to the state politics and contest to the Parliament from Rajahmundry. It was thought that she would join the YSR Congress.
However, her mentor Amar Singh reportedly told her not to join a regional party and instead join a national party like BJP or Congress.
In the context of Jaya Prada meeting the Congress president Sonia Gandhi, it is being said that she is most likely to join the party. Undavalli Arun Kumar who has been representing Rajahmundry since two terms has on Saturday said that he was ready to forsake his seat in favour of any candidate chosen by the Congress High Command. With this statement of Undavalli, it is being felt that decks were now cleared for Jaya Prada to join the Congress.
This development is seen as a shock to the YSR Congress. It is learnt that when Jaya Prada approached the party, she was told that she could join without setting any pre-conditions. As she wanted Rajahmundry seat, she has decided not to join the party, said sources.
It is being said that Amar Singh played a major role in getting Congress High Command’s support to Jaya Prada. Amar Singh has goodwill with the Congress leadership as he played a key role in saving the government when it faced a no-confidence motion in the Parliament. It is being said that the Congress High Command had decided to sent Undavalli to Rajya Sabha, so that his seat could be given to Jaya Prada.
Arun Kumar also said his future was in the hands of the Congress High Command and it was upto the leadership to either send him to the Rajya Sabha or make him contest to the Lok Sabha. Amar Singh also said on Friday that Jaya Prada would join a national party. Bservers say that it is almost certain that Jaya Prada would join the Congress.