Two southern parties are close to making up their minds about which of the three big formations — the UPA, the NDA or the Third Front — they want to ally with.
The Telangana Rashtriya Samiti (TRS) in Andhra Pradesh, which seeks a separate Telangana state, and has formed a ‘grand alliance’ with the Telegu Desam Party (TDP), the CPI and CPM — all leading members of the Third Front — had lately been having second thoughts about their association. After a two day meeting, however, though no formal announcement has been made, the TRS appeared to be veering towards remaining with its partners, according to sources.
In Tamil Nadu, the Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) — a constituent of the UPA, but an opponent of the DMK in the state — has to make its mind about whether to continue with the UPA, or break away and tie up with the AIADMK. Again, though there was no official confirmation, sources said that the PMK boss, S Ramadoss, preferred the AIADMK option.