Congress wants TRS to join AP govt

Published on May 11, 2004 03:42 PM IST

Congress said ally TRS would be part of new Andhra govt, but Left parties would have to decide the issue themselves.

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The Congress said on Tuesday that it would like its ally Telengana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) to be part of the new government in Andhra Pradesh and it was for the Left parties to decide whether they would like to join or not.

With the Congress-TRS earning a resounding mandate in teh state, the party deputed senior leader Shivraj Patil as observer to supervise the election of Congress Legislature Party leader at its meeting to be held in Hyderabad tomorrow.

Besides Patil, party General Secretary Ghuam Nabi Azad, In-Charge of the state, would also be attending the meeting.

"We are very happy and would like to congratulate people of Andhra Pradesh for reposing their faith in the Congress, its leader Sonia Gandhi, party's policies and programmes," Azad told reporters.

Asked who would be the state's new Chief Minister, he said, "I don't know but we want the CM to be one of the MLAs."

On whether alliance partner TRS would be part of the Government, he said, "we contested the elections together and they would be very much part of the Government."

To a question about the inclusion of the Left parties, who were part of the Congress-led alliance, in the new Government, Azad said, "it is for them to decide."

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