BJP ready to back TRS mi­nus MIM if House is hung

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Hy­der­abad: Af­ter con­sis­tently at­tack­ing K Chan­drasekhar Rao’s TRS as a ‘fam­ily party’ and brand­ing its gov­ern­ment in Te­lan­gana cor­rupt, BJP has switched tracks and is whistling a dif­fer­ent tune not even 24 hours af­ter vot­ing com­pleted.

BJP state pres­i­dent K Lax­man told TOI on Satur­day his party was ready to tie up with TRS if Te­lan­gana ends up as a hung House on De­cem­ber 11. He, how­ever, had one rider — TRS must ditch Asadud­din Owaisi’s AIMIM. “Our party wants to sup­port a gov­ern­ment (in Te­lan­gana) mi­nus Congress and AIMIM,” Lax­man said. Al­though TRS and AIMIM are not of­fi­cial al­lies, the two have openly ac­cepted they are ‘friendly’. Owaisi had cam­paigned for TRS can­di­dates in pock­ets with large Mus­lim pop­u­la­tions and that TRS chief K Chan­drasekhar Rao would again be the chief min­is­ter once re­sults are out.

Of Fri­day’s three exit polls, two gave TRS a clear man­date while one gave it be­tween 48 and 60 leg­is­la­tors in a House of 119 seats. In 2014 elec­tion, BJP had bagged five of the 45 seats it had con­tested in united Andhra Pradesh. At the time, it was in al­liance with TDP. This time, the party is con­test­ing 118 seats and has given one seat to Yuva Te­lan­gana party.

The exit polls gave BJP be­tween five and seven seats in the state. The party it­self is hop­ing to win 10 to 12. Sources said if th­ese num­bers are cor­rect, BJP can play king­maker in the event of a hung House.

An­a­lysts say given that the main fight in Te­lan­gana is be­tween TRS and the Congress al­liance that in­cludes Chan­drababu Naidu’s TDP, Te­lan­gana Jana Samithi and CPI, the BJP will have no op­tion but to sup­port TRS in the event of a hung House.

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