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No alliance with Congress in LS, assembly elections: KCR

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Hyderabad, March 16, 2014
First Published: 01:22 IST(16/3/2014) | Last Updated: 01:26 IST(16/3/2014)

Telangana Rashtra Samithi chief K Chandrasekhara Rao has declared that his party would not have any alliance with the Congress in the coming assembly and Lok Sabha polls in Andhra Pradesh.

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KCR, who ruled out merger of TRS with Congress a few days ago, had earlier announced a committee to look into possibility of an alliance.

But on Saturday, Rao said while addressing party workers that TRS would work against the Congress.

The provocation, according to him, was Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh’s statements welcoming TRS legislators into the party.

“Is this the way to form an alliance? Now, we shall see who will join which party,” Rao said.

Several Congress and Telugu Desam Party leaders joined TRS in last few days and KCR claimed that some former ministers from Telangana were in touch with him.   

The TRS is understood to be looking at the BJP for an alliance in the region though party leaders are not confirming the move.

Ponnala Lakshmaiah, newly appointed Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee chief, said that his party never sought alliance with or merger of TRS.

“We are strong in Telangana. It was Rao who offered to merge his party with us,” he said.

Congress had pushed the Telangana Bill despite opposition in Seemandhra, hoping for a merger with TRS and a good show in the region.

The two parties going separate ways could split the Telangana vote.

Andhra Pradesh would be divided into Telangana and Seemandhra soon after the elections.


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