Guntur: With the general elections and some by-polls around the corner, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday tried to talk the disgruntled Telugu Desam Party (TDP) out of its alliance with the Congress. In Guntur, Singh said at an event, “Main TDP ke neta aur Andhra Pradesh ke Chief Minister Chandrababu ji se kehna chata hu, aap Congress ke jaal mein phasenge, to Congress ki past history utha kar dekh lijiye, jo phansa, woh gaya (I would like to tell TDP leader and CM Chandrababu Naidu that he shouldn’t get entrapped by the Congress…if you pick up the Congress’ history, you will find that whoever sides with that party suffers in the end).”(Also read: Telangana Leader Leaves Cong in Morning, Returns in Evening)

 He continued to warn Naidu against an alliance with the Congress by saying, “Congress to ab antim sansein gin rahi hai lekin Chandrababu ji sochte hain Congress ko ventilator lagake hum kuch samay ke liye zinda rakh sakte hai. Lekin ye Congress ab zinda nahi rehne wali hai Chandrababu ji.Yeh UPA ab NPA (Non-Performing Assets) ban gayi hai (Chandrababu ji must be thinking that he could resuscitate the Congress, which is dying a slow death, but that isn’t going to happen. This UPA is now an NPA).”

Apart from the Congress, the TDP has allied with the CPI and the Telangana Jan Samiti to form a “grand alliance” for the December 7 Legislative Assembly polls in Telangana. Meanwhile, the TDP has dismissed ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi’s (TRS) criticism that it was an ‘Andhra party’, said reports.”Telugu Desam Party (TDP) was formed in the heart of Telangana by late NT Rama Rao. Soon after its formation, changes have come in the political arena. Through TDP, many sections have found their way into assembly and Parliament. Got (their) share in governance,” TDP’s Telangana unit president L Ramana told PTI.

On TRS criticism against TDP that it was allying with Congress while NT Rama Rao had formed the party on an anti-Congress plank, Ramana said there has been a change in the policies and ideology of the Congress and also in circumstances since TDP was formed (in 1982). Alleging that the ruling TRS had led an even more undemocratic rule in Telangana (than Congress did when TDP was formed) and ignored the poor, he said TDP, Congress, CPI and TJS had come together to defeat the “family rule” of TRS.

“The aim of the alliance is to work from a people’s angle, to realise the aspirations of martyrs (those who sacrificed life in support of separate Telangana),” Ramana said. Though TDP is in Opposition in Telangana for the third time, it is still strong on the back of its cadre strength (with substantial membership), he claimed. He said the partners of “grand alliance” are in talks to clinch a Common Minimum Programme and the seat-sharing among them.