Hyderabad: With the Telangana Assembly Election 2018 round the corner, one of the major topics of discussion is the vote share among the Congress-led alliance and the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS). The Congress-led alliance had more vote share in the last election and it is to be seen whether it would succeed in doing the same this time. Also Read - Mohammad Mahmood Ali Sworn in as Home Minister of Telangana
The TRS is going to contest the election alone this time and the Congress along with the Telugu Desam Party TDP, the Telangana Jana Samithi (TJS) and the Communist Party of India (CPI) have come together to form the ‘Prajakutami’ also known as the ‘People’s Alliance’ to contest against the leading party. Also Read - K Chandrashekhar Rao Takes Oath as Telangana Chief Minister For Second Consecutive Time
The People’s Alliance has to work together to battle it out against the TRS, said the All India Congress Committee (AICC) in-charge of Telangana, RC Khuntia, dubbing the alliance as a ‘compulsion’. Hopeful of the alliance’s win in the state polls, CPI General Secretary Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy said, “I think the alliance will work. We are hopeful we will get the majority.” Also Read - K Chandrashekhar Rao to Take Oath as Telangana CM For Second Consecutive Term at 1:24 PM Today
Meanwhile, TRS leader KT Rama Rao, dubbed the Congress-led grouping as an opportunistic alliance based on a bundle of contradictions. “This arithmetic, the calculation will not work, and the people will reject (the alliance) outright”, Rama Rao said.
Responding to Rao’s statements, Reddy said, “He (TRS) himself was in alliance with TDP and Congress (in the past). And now, he (TRS) is contesting alone, (so) he says all others are opportunists. There is no substance in this type of comments.”
Calling it a pre-election rhetoric, Reddy slammed Rao’s comments against the Congress-led grouping.
The ruling TRS had 34.3 per cent vote share in the 2014 elections, while the Congress and the TDP recorded 25.2 and 14.7 per cent, respectively. TDP had an alliance with the BJP last time around. Meanwhile, the Amit Shah-led party is going alone in the December 7 elections to the 119-member Assembly, as also the TRS.