New Delhi: Senior Congress leader Jaipal Reddy on Friday said that both Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Telangana leaders have discussed alliances earlier but weren’t sure about it. Reddy added that they were not opposed to the idea of an alliance but it needed to be worked out.
Congress had finalised a seat-sharing arrangement with the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and Left parties in Telangana to challenge the K Chandrashekar Rao-led Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), as per reports. Reportedly, Congress is most likely to contest on 90 seats and leave 29 seats for its partners’ in the alliance. A total of 119 seats are there in Telangana.
For the unversed, the Congress, TDP and left parties met Telangana governor ESL Narasimhan on September 11 and urged him to impose President’s Rule in the state in the run-up to assembly polls. All of them collectively sought action against the caretaker chief minister and alleged that he was abusing his power and acting in an unconstitutional manner after the dissolution of the state assembly.
Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) president N Uttam Kumar Reddy said, “Even if KCR is caretaker CM, free and fair polls will not be possible in Telangana. We demanded that elections be conducted after imposing President’s Rule.”
A letter to the Telangana governor read, “In the same manner, members of the planning board continue to enjoy the powers of the government. Moreover, some MLAs are given cabinet rank and are chairmen of different corporations. Some of these chairmen are also contesting on a TRS ticket. This is illegal and unconstitutional.”