Congress, TDP and Left in al­liance in Te­lan­gana to take on TRS

Pro­poses broad-based al­liance be­tween CPI, Kon­daram (of TJS) and TDP

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THE Congress plans to go in for a broad based al­liance in the Te­lan­gana assem­bly polls in line with its ef­forts to forge op­po­si­tion unity at the na­tional level, a se­nior party leader has said.

The party was try­ing to unite the op­po­si­tion in the state and was in con­tact with all par­ties, in­clud­ing CPI, Kon­daram (of TJS) and TDP, AICC in charge of Congress af­fairs in Te­lan­gana RC Khuntia said. “We are not averse to hav­ing an al­liance with TDP,” he told PTI.

Cit­ing the ex­am­ple of Kar­nataka, where Congress al­lowed JD(S) to take the chief min­is­ter’s post de­spite hav­ing more num­ber of seats,he said the idea in Te­lan­gana was in line with its ef­forts at the na­tional level to unite the op­po­si­tion. The pro­posal was how­ever at a pre­lim­i­nary stage and seat-shar­ing had not yet been dis­cussed, Khuntia said.

“This is only the pre­lim­i­nary stage. We have not dis­cussed seat shar­ing. But we are for­mu­lat­ing a broad­based al­liance, in­clud­ing the TDP also, on the ba­sis of the Com­mon Min­i­mum Pro­gramme,” he said.

Te­lan­gana Pradesh Congress Com­mit­tee (TPCC) pres­i­dent N Ut­tam Ku­mar Reddy has al­ready urged all po­lit­i­cal par­ties, in­clud­ing TDP and non-po­lit­i­cal forces, to join hands with Congress to ‘end the mis­rule’ of TRS. “There can only be TRS and anti-TRS blocks (other BJP) in the state,” Khuntia claimed.

On how Congress would jus­tify an al­liance with TDP, which has al­ways been op­posed to it, he said Congress does not har­bour any bit­ter feel­ings to­wards the TDP. He said the TDP op­posed the NDA gov­ern­ment, as seen in the no­con­fi­dence mo­tion, Ra­jya Sabha deputy chair­man’s elec­tion and the ‘Bharat Bandh’ against the fuel price hike, he said. The Congress aimed at de­feat­ing the ‘com­mu­nal forces’ and wanted to take along op­po­si­tion par­ties, he said.

The party would high­light the ‘fail­ure’ of TRS to im­ple­ment its prom­ises, in­clud­ing in­crease in reser­va­tions for mi­nori­ties and STs and dou­ble bed­room hous­ing for the poor, with emphasis on the door-to-door cam­paign, he said.

It would also fo­cus on what Congress wished to do in the event of com­ing to power, he said. The state Congress has al­ready an­nounced cer­tain prom­ises to the peo­ple. Congress pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi would be urged to ad­dress a pub­lic meet­ing in at least 10 places in the state. UPA chair­per­son So­nia Gandhi would also be re­quested to par­tic­i­pate in the cam­paign, he said.

The assem­bly polls in Te­lan­gana were orig­i­nally sched­uled to be held si­mul­ta­ne­ously with the Lok Sabha elec­tions next year. How­ever, the assem­bly was dis­solved last week as per the rec­om­men­da­tion made by the TRS gov­ern­ment, ne­ces­si­tat­ing elec­tions ahead of sched­ule.

The TDP, by pre­par­ing ground for an un­holy al­liance with the Congress in Te­lan­gana, is dis­play­ing its op­por­tunism as it fears rout by con­test­ing on its own. It is the moral re­spon­si­bil­ity of the TDP to give rea­sons for seek­ing a tie-up with its sworn en­emy. —Te­lan­gana BJP vice-pres­i­dent S. Vish­nu­vard­han Reddy

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