No alliance with BJP, says KCR after dissolving Telangana assembly
While keeping his distance from the BJP, Telangana chief minister and Telangana Rashtra Samiti president K Chandrashekhar Rao underlined that TRS would be a ‘friendly party’ of the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen, though not a political ally.india Updated: Sep 06, 2018 20:20 IST
Telangana chief minister and Telangana Rashtra Samiti president K Chandrashekhar Rao ruled out any electoral alliance with the BJP while he went hammer and tongs at the Congress shortly after dissolving the state assembly nine months ahead of schedule on Thursday.
While keeping his distance from the BJP, Rao underlined that TRS would be a ‘friendly party’ of the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen, though not a political ally. “We may have friendly contest in the constituencies where MIM fields its candidates. That has been our stand right from the beginning,” he said.
Quashing speculations of any possible alliance with the BJP, KCR, as Rao is called, said, “It is true that we have been maintaining cordial relations with the NDA government at the Centre. But that is only on government-to-government basis.”
KCR’s two meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in August had fuelled speculation of an electoral alliance between the TRS and the BJP. But KCR shot down any possibility of such a partnership.
“Ours is a secular party and there is no way we can join hands with the BJP. Even BJP president Amit Shah also said there was no chance of allying with the TRS which is MIM-friendly,” he said.
Earlier in the day, KCR dissolved the assembly almost nine months ahead of the completion of its actual term in a tactical gambit to enable holding of early assembly elections in the state. The state cabinet, which met at Rao’s camp office at Begumpet at around 1.15 pm, passed a one-line resolution seeking dissolution of the assembly.
Later, the chief minister drove straight to Raj Bhavan to meet Governor E S L Narasimhan and submitted the copy of the cabinet resolution on dissolution of the state assembly. The Governor accepted the resolution immediately and asked KCR and his cabinet colleagues to continue as caretaker government till the next government is formed.
Despite ruling out an alliance with the BJP, the TRS chief reserved his fire for the Congress. At a press conference at Telangana Bhavan, the party’s state headquarters, KCR said he had decided to “sacrifice” his tenure nine months in advance because of growing attacks on his government from the opposition parties.
“There is a political fragility in the state now. The opposition parties, particularly the Congress party, have been making serious allegations against me and my government without any basis and evidence,” he said.
Rao completely avoided criticising the BJP and launched a blistering attack on the Congress, calling the party Telangana’s “enemy number 1” and its president Rahul Gandhi the “biggest buffoon” in the country.
“Everybody knows Rahul Gandhi. He is the biggest buffoon in the country. Whole country has seen in the open assembly (Lok Sabha) how he went to Narendra Modi and hugged him....the way he was winking,” Rao said.
He pointed out that the Opposition parties were moving courts to stall the developmental programmes initiated by my government, holding round-table conferences spread canards against the irrigation projects and making allegations of corruption in every programme.
“All this is only to demoralise us and discourage us from going ahead in the path of development. That is precisely why we have decided to dissolve the assembly and seek fresh mandate from the people so the wheels of progress can continue to roll on and there will be no more hindrance to the development and welfare for another five years,” KCR said.
He hoped that the elections to the Telangana assembly would be held in November along with four other states – Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram and the results would be declared in December. “I spoke to the Election Commission authorities who confirmed the schedule,” he said.
KCR announced the list of 105 candidates in the 119-member state assembly to be fielded for the next elections. “We have denied tickets to only two sitting MLAs and kept in abeyance the candidatures of five others. In the remaining seven seats, we shall finalise the candidates very soon,” he said.
First Published: Sep 06, 2018 20:20 IST