Amaravati: With the political scene changing fast in the neighbouring state of Telangana, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) is reported to have convened a crucial meeting on September 8 to discuss poll alliances, reports said on Friday. In Telangana, the ruling TRS opted for a dissolution of the state Assembly on Thursday at a meeting of the state Cabinet headed by Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao. (Also read: ‘Rahul Gandhi Biggest Buffoon, More he Comes Here, More Seats we Will Get’)
A report in Deccan Chronicle says that the TDP might not be too averse to a tie-up with the Congress as a part of its state-specific policy. TDP leaders from Telangana reportedly rushed here to hold discussions with party chief and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu. Naidu has been confident that his party would emerge as the kingmakers in Telangana. On September 8, Naidu would have a detailed meeting with Telangana TDP leaders in Hyderabad. “We will decide on alliances after that,” TDP general secretary E Peddi Reddy told reporters emerging from a meeting with Naidu on Thursday.
He claimed the while the Congress was ready for an alliance, there was also a proposal to join hands with Left parties and the Telangana Jana Samiti to form a united front. “We will discuss all this in detail and take a well-thought-out decision,” he said. In the 2014 elections, the TDP had allied with the BJP to win 15 seats in the 119-member Telangana Assembly but 12 of the MLAs defected to the ruling TRS while another joined the Congress. Subsequently, its lone MP from Telangana also joined the TRS.
Interestingly, this year the TDP snapped ties with the BJP. Meanwhile, the CPM is ready to go with Jana Sena of actor Pawan Kalyan while the CPI has not made its stand clear yet, said the report. The TDP, already nursing the wounds of defeat in the elections to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation in 2015, is desperate to prove it is a force to reckon with in Telangana.