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ALI into YSRC

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After much dilly-dallying, senior Telugu film comedian Ali finally joined the YSR Congress party in the presence of party president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy at the latter’s Lotus Pond residence in Hyderabad on Monday.

Ali’s entry into the YSRC was no surprise, knowing his inconsistent political stand. But till the other day, he had been giving impression that he would join the Telugu Desam Party, as he had met party president N Chandrababu Naidu only recently and posed for photographs.

But suddenly, Ali decided to take a turn and moved towards YSRC on Monday. What is surprising is that Jagan did not offer him any assembly seat.

“I will not contest the elections, but will work for the party and campaign for it in the elections. People in Andhra want Jagan as the next chief minister,” he said.

He also claimed to be a close follower of late Y S Rajasekhar Reddy and said he was impressed with the padayatra of Jagan.

He said Jagan had given him a commitment, but did not disclose what it was.

“I am confident he would definitely fulfil his commitment,” he said.

Why did Ali suddenly change his stand?

According to sources, Ali had asked Naidu to give him the MLA ticket Guntur (East) assembly seat in the April 11 assembly polls.

Besides, Ali also wanted a strong commitment from Naidu that he would be given a cabinet berth if he was elected. But Naidu reportedly expressed his helplessness in giving the ticket to Ali, as there was a very high competition in Guntur.

On the other hand, Jagan reportedly promised to make him an MLC, if not the MLA, and would take him into the cabinet.

Ali was more convinced with Jagan’s promise and decided to join the YSRC.

Ali joins YSR Congress

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Ending speculations, Telugu actor Ali on Monday joined the YSR Congress party.

The comedian called on YSR Congress chief Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy at the latter’s Lotus Pond residence here and joined the party.

Ali, whose full name is Mohammad Ali Basha, told reporters that he would campaign for the party and would like to see Jaganmohan Reddy as the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.

The actor said he has no immediate plans to contest elections but admitted he dreams of becoming a Minister. “Jaganmohan Reddy stands by his word and that is why I have joined YSR Congress,” he said.

Simultaneous elections to Andhra Pradesh Assembly and Lok Sabha are scheduled on April 11.

Ali had earlier met Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) President N. Chandrababu Naidu and Jana Sena leader Pawan Kalyan, but finally picked YSR Congress for his political entry.

The 49-year-old actor, who hails from Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh, said he felt that he will not have a secure future in TDP.

“Friendship is different from politics,” he remarked when asked about not joining his friend and well-known actor Pawan Kalyan’s Jana Sena.

Ali has acted in many films featuring Pawan Kalyan in the lead.