Hyderabad (Agencies): The Praja Rajyam Party apparently moved a step further towards merger with the ruling Congress party in Andhra Pradesh with majority of the leaders preferring an amalgamation over a poll tie-up.

Majority of the PRP leaders, including MLAs, who had a one-on-one meeting with their president K Chiranjeevi till late in the evening were said to have favoured amalgamation of the party with the Congress rather than an electoral tie-up in "long-term interests."

Earlier in the day, a meeting of party MLAs, Political Affairs Committee members and district unit presidents adopted a resolution authorising Chiranjeevi to take an "appropriate decision" when he meets Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi soon.

The meeting between Sonia Gandhi and Chiranjeevi, at the invitation of the former, is expected to take place in New Delhi on February 7, PRP sources said.

For the record, PRP's PAC member and former MP C Ramachandraiah said the party has decided to "work together" with the Congress to achieve its objective of social justice.

"Since the PRP does not have the strength of its own to realise the objective of social justice and uplift of downtrodden, we have resolved to join hands with the Congress," he told newsmen after the meeting of party MLAs and senior leaders here this afternoon.

He, however, did not specify if working together with the Congress meant a merger. "We have authorised our president to take an appropriate decision," Ramachandraiah said.

The former MP said Chiranjeevi would meet Sonia without any pre-conditions since the Congress has not come up with any offer.

"After the meeting between the two leaders, we all will meet here again and take a final decision," he added.