Trouble in alliance with Congress, TRS turns to BJP

The TRS is of the view that it might require the support of BJP if the party comes to power at the Centre.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Published: March 13, 2014 9:12 pm
Telangana Rashtra Samiti chief K Chandrashekhar Rao. (Reuters) Telangana Rashtra Samiti chief K Chandrashekhar Rao. (Reuters)

The talks between Congress and TRS over an alliance have run into trouble and the regional party of Telangana has now opened a channel of communication with BJP for a possible tie-up.

The talks between TRS and Congress have got into difficulties over the number of seats each will contest in the newly-formed Telangana state, particularly for the 119-member Assembly, sources said. TRS is demanding a bigger chunk of seats than Congress, an issue that has led to sharp differences between them, they said but did not specify how many the regional party wants.

“As of now, we are not holding any formal talks with Congress or bargaining over seat sharing. We would need the adequate number of seats from the Congress that would help us to form the Government,” a TRS leader stated.

In the meanwhile, TRS has opened a channel of communication with BJP for an alliance.  “Our informal talks began after we rejected the demand for a merger with Congress,” the party leader said.  The TRS is of the view that it might require the support of BJP if the party comes to power at the Centre. To justify its reaching out to BJP, the TRS leaders point out that the party had helped the passage of the Telangana Bill in Parliament.

“We are of the view that BJP is likely to form the next Government in Delhi. Under such circumstances we would need their support for the development of Telangana,” the sources claimed.

The development comes as a huge blow for Congress, which was hoping for the merger of TRS with it, though the regional outfit had refused the demand due to stiff opposition from party leaders.

Interestingly, AICC general secretary, in-charge of Andhra Pradesh affairs, Digvijay Singh reached Hyderabad today on a three-day visit to launch an exercise for selecting party candidates for the ensuing elections to Lok Sabha and state Assembly.

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  1. A
    Attention Grabber
    Mar 16, 2014 at 7:51 am
    well done TRS
    1. C
      Mar 13, 2014 at 6:06 pm
      congress is a sinking one can save it from modi's tsunami....
      1. H
        Mar 14, 2014 at 10:09 am
        BJP should never align with TRS for short term gains; TRS only priority now is to grab Telangana embly and as many MP seats as possible and consolidate its position; during this process, naturally, it will focus on eliminating smaller enemy Cong first...once it gets the foot hold down the line, it will start blackmailing BJP and will get Hindu-Muslim Card to defaeat BJP in telangana. So,the best strategy for BJP is to go alone and win as many as possible in a trialgular contest. during this process, TRS must suffer defeat.
        1. M
          Mar 15, 2014 at 4:52 am
          without BJP's support, Telengana would not be a reality credit to congress will not justify it...allying with BJP could serve the real purpose of telengana formation....
          1. Steven Vangala
            Mar 13, 2014 at 4:15 pm
            Best move in interest of building a better Telangana...
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