In a decision that could significantly affect the course of the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections in Andhra Pradesh,the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) has decided to join the grand alliance led by the Telugu Desam Party with the Left parties. TRS chief K Chandrasekhara Rao said on Saturday that his party has decided to join hands with
the maha kutami (grand alliance). We want to defeat the Congress. That is the aim of the grand alliance and we have decided to join it, Rao said.
On January 20,the TDP,the CPI and the CPM had forged this grand alliance. A week ago,popular Telugu actress Vijayasanthi merged her Talli Telangana Party with the TRS.
The TRS had kept the TDP-led alliance guessing after rejecting the seat sharing combination offered by the TDP. Rao had also approached Chiranjeevis Praja Rajyam Party but nothing came of it. On Saturday evening,Rao visited TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu to convey his partys decision to join the alliance. The TDP has 42 MLAs and three MPs while the TRS has nine MLAs and two MPs.
Earlier the TRS had tied up with the Congress to contest the 2004 polls on the condition that if the Congress came to power,it would initiate efforts to carve a new Telangana state. But the Congress deceived us and the people of Telangana, Rao said.
The alliance has made Chief Minister Dr Y S Rajasekhara Reddy who is seeking a second term,nervous. The party put up a brave front though. APCC President D Srinivas said that though the TDP-led alliance appears to be formidable,it does not pose any threat to the Congress.