Hyderabad (Telangana): As the state of Telangana is heading for early polls after the Assembly was dissolved, K Chandrasekhar Rao ruled out any possibility of an alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) saying the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) is ready to contest “all 119 seats”. Reacting to the same, the saffron party said that decision was “your loss, not ours”.
The BJP further added that the party plans to contest on all the constituencies in the state and may state a good chance with Rao’s TRS. “A Modi wave and the national mood could have played a role if both elections would have taken place at the same time. The TRS wants to avoid it,” a source close to BJP told NDTV, adding, “In 1998 the BJP won 24 per cent votes.”
The Telangana Assembly was dissolved on Thursday by the Governor on a recommendation by the state cabinet. Hours after the move, the ruling TRS announced candidates for 105 constituencies. Caretaker Chief Minister ad TRS President Rao released the list of candidates. Announcing the candidates, KCR said that only two sitting candidates were denied tickets.
The candidates for the remaining 14 constituencies will be announced soon. KCR also said that the fresh Assembly elections will be conducted in the month of November. “There is no confusion over this,” he said, adding that he spoke to the Chief Election Commission and requested him to conduct the Telangana Assembly Elections at the earliest.
Asserting that the Assembly was dissolved for the ” bright future of Telangana”, Chandrasekhar Rao said, “I sacrificed my term for the sake of the people of Telangana, to maintain steady growth of the state and to protect the state from bloody fragility.” He further denied any closeness to the BJP saying the TRS is “100 per cent secular and will remain so.”
“It is true that we have been maintaining cordial relations with the NDA government at the centre. But that is only on government-to-government basis,” he said. The Assembly Elections to the state was supposed to be held in the month of June in 2019.