TRS Rules Out Sup­port to BJP, Backs Congress or Third Front

The Economic Times - - Front Page -

On the eve of the Lok Sabha elec­tion re­sults, the Te­lan­gana Rashtriya Samiti (TRS) has ruled out ex­tend­ing sup­port to a BJP-led NDA and said it would rather pre­fer to sup­port a Congress-led UPA govern­ment at the Cen­tre in the event of a hung House.

The Modi-led BJP has been count­ing TRS as one of its po­ten­tial post­poll al­lies, es­pe­cially af­ter the lat­ter fought the Te­lan­gana elec­tions with­out an al­liance with Congress. A TRS state­ment in Hy­der­abad on Thurs­day made many won­der whether the party was try­ing to bar­gain with BJP or may be now feel­ing the need for Congress’ sup­port to prop up the first-ever govern­ment in the new state.

TRS chief K Chan­drasekhar Rao's daugh­ter and party leader K Kavitha also said that the party is un­likely to sup­port an NDA govern­ment as it be­lieves that a “sec­u­lar govern­ment should be in place” at the Cen­tre. “In gen­eral, in a democ­racy like In­dia, we be­lieve that a sec­u­lar govern­ment should be in place, so if at all UPA has a chance, we will back UPA other­wise if the Third Front has a chance, we will back the Third Front,” Kavitha also said TRS has al­ways main­tained that it was the ef­fort of Congress pres­i­dent So­nia Gandhi which paved the way for the for­ma­tion of Te­lan­gana.

Kavitha also ex­pressed the hope that the Ma­jlis-e-It­te­hadul Mus­limeen (MIM), which is ex­pected to get nine seats in the as­sem­bly polls, will sup­port the party. “We have MIM as well, which will eas­ily get about 9 seats. MIM will be there as an op­tion. Congress, of course, is there,” she said. Kavitha said TRS will re­ceive sup­port from “any other party than TDP-BJP”. A TRS tie-up or merger with Congress did not hap­pen be­fore the elec­tions as the party had is­sues with the lo­cal Congress lead­er­ship, Kavitha said. Congress and TRS were en­gaged in a bit­ter war of words dur­ing the elec­tion cam­paign. Polling con­cluded in Te­lan­gana on April 30. Rao has ex­pressed con­fi­dence that TRS would get ab­so­lute ma­jor­ity to form the first govern­ment in the new state of Te­lan­gana. Asked about the chance of TRS sup­port­ing an NDA govern­ment, she said, “Not re­ally. But only hope that we have is if at all an NDA govern­ment comes into place, they should not ig­nore Te­lan­gana.” On the ques­tion of TRS seek­ing sup­port of other par­ties for form­ing the first govern­ment in Te­lan­gana, she said any party ex­cept TDP-BJP was wel­come.

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