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Presidential poll: TRS to support BJP candidate

TRS MP Jithender Reddy said if it is good for the Centre and also for Telangana, then TRS will support the BJP candidate.

india Updated: May 08, 2017 12:47 IST
The TRS led by K Chandrashekhar Rao will support the BJP candidate for the presidential polls.
The TRS led by K Chandrashekhar Rao will support the BJP candidate for the presidential polls.(HT File)

With the Presidential elections just round the corner, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) on Thursday said it will support the candidate of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) if it is in favour of the state.

However, the party warned that they will turn against the Union government if they don’t work for Telangana’s welfare.

“If it is good for the Centre and also good for our state (Telangana) then we will definitely support the government,” TRS MP Jithender Reddy told ANI.

President Pranab Mukherjee’s term is set to end this July. The Opposition’s efforts to pitch for a joint candidate for the Presidential elections are set to gain ground, with Congress president Sonia Gandhi expected to meet Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam’s (DMK) working president MK Stalin.

Sonia Gandhi, who has been out of the political scene for quite some time now, has been holding meetings with various political leaders and according to sources, she met National Conference leader Omar Abdullah on Wednesday.

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi also spoke to Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav, while Sonia spoke to Mulayam Singh Yadav and Rastriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Yadav.

Last week, NCP chief Sharad Pawar and Sonia had held a discussion for putting up a joint opposition candidate.

So far, Sonia has held meetings with Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, Communist Party of India-Marxist General Secretary Sitaram Yechury and CPI’s D Raja on the same issue.

As the election is near, the idea of a united opposition will face a litmus test in the election which needs to be held before July 25, the day when President Mukherjee’s term expires.