Telangana Assembly Election 2018: Asaduddin Owaisi Takes Dig at BJP, Says TRS Will Form Government With Full Majority; Refuses to Comment on Congress Welcoming AIMIM to ‘Prajakutami’

TRS spokesperson Bhanu Prasad had said that they don’t need any alliance for forming the govt

Updated: December 10, 2018 8:55 AM IST

By News Desk

Asaduddin Owaisi
Asaduddin Owaisi

New Delhi: All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Sunday took a dig at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after it extended support to K Chandrashekar Rao’s TRS (Telangana Rashtra Samithi) if they ditch the AIMIM and Congress in Telangana.

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“TRS is going to form the government in Telangana on their own strength, all the speculations which are being raised are baseless. We should wait for the result. I don’t want to comment on the Congress welcoming AIMIM to Praja Kutami,” Owaisi said.

His reaction came hours after the BJP state president K Laxman said,“There can’t be a government without BJP in Telangana. In case people have not given a clear mandate we will be a part of govt. We’ll not support Congress or AIMIM, but other options are open. The decision will be taken in consultation with our high command.”

After Laxman’s comment, spokesperson of TRS, Bhanu Prasad had said, “We don’t need any alliance, we will form the Government on our own. We are confident that we will win enough seats.”

Meanwhile, Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) president G N Reddy did not rule out the possibility of joining hands with different political parties and stated that if the AIMIM wants to form an alliance with his political party, he is ready.

“In our country, no party is a permanent enemy or a permanent friend of another political party. We decided to form an alliance according to the situations. If the TRS goes with BJP, AIMIM can sail with us if they want to,” he said. The Telangana Legislative Assembly election was held on December 7. The results will be announced on December 11.

As predicted by India Today-Axis exit poll, 79-91 seats are likely to be won by the TRS, 21-33 for Congress+TDP, 4-7 for Owaisi’s AIMIM, and 1-3 seats for the BJP. According to Republic-Jan Ki Baat exit poll, TRS will retain power, by standing victorious on 58 seats. The Congress+TDP alliance, on the other hand, will bag 45 seats and the BJP will win six seats.

Assembly polls in Telangana were originally scheduled to be held simultaneously with the Lok Sabha polls next year. However, the Legislative Assembly was dissolved prematurely on September six following a recommendation made by the TRS government.  Telangana had witnessed a triangular contest between the Congress-led alliance, consisting of the TDP, CPI and TJS, the ruling TRS, and the BJP.  In the state, the majority mark is 60.

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Published Date: December 9, 2018 8:37 PM IST

Updated Date: December 10, 2018 8:55 AM IST