Telangana rivals eye alliance

The CPI, Telugu Desam Party and the Telangana Jana Samithi will enter into a pre-poll alliance in Telangana and would like to have the CPM and the Congress on board in the anti-TRS front, a senior CPI leader said on Monday.

By TT Bureau in Hyderabad
  • Published 11.09.18
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N. Chandrababu Naidu. File Picture

Hyderabad: The CPI, Telugu Desam Party and the Telangana Jana Samithi will enter into a pre-poll alliance in Telangana and would like to have the CPM and the Congress on board in the anti-TRS front, a senior CPI leader said on Monday.

"We want first Telugu Desam Party, Communist Party of India and Telangana Jana Samithi... we will join together, and we will invite the CPM also. And if there is a possibility, we would like to go with the Congress," CPI national general secretary Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy told PTI.

Asked if such a pre-poll alliance was certain, the veteran communist leader said: "Yes".

On whether there had been any "feelers" from the Congress on joining the alliance, Reddy said: "Not yet".

The chief spokesperson for the Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee, Sravan Dasoju, said an electoral alliance with the TDP was "possible".

TDP supremo and Andhra Pradesh chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has left it to the Telangana unit of the party to take a call on the issue of alliance.

"You collectively decide. You think and decide what is in the interests of Telangana and the party and let me know and I will cooperate," Naidu said, addressing the general body meeting of the TDP's Telangana unit here on Saturday.

In alliance with the BJP in the last elections, the TDP had won 15 seats but 12 of its MLAs defected to the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), making it a heavily depleted side.

A combative ruling TRS has already announced party candidates for 105 of the 119 Assembly constituencies. It had won 63 seats in the 2014 polls.

The TRS has so far not named candidates in four of the five segments held by the BJP. Caretaker chief minister and TRS president K. Chandrasekhar Rao has described Hyderabad Lok Sabha member Asaduddin Owaisi's All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) as a "friendly party".

AIMIM candidates had won from seven constituencies last time.

The BJP has made it clear that it would go alone in the poll amid indications that it might be clubbed with four other states slated to face elections by the year-end. PTI

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