Grand alliance in Telangana as Congress, TDP, CPI join hands to take on TRS

K. Chandrashekhar Rao.


In a major development, opposition Congress, TDP and CPI on Tuesday joined hands to form a grand alliance to take on the ruling TRS in Telangana in the ensuing Assembly elections.

The leaders of these parties announced the decision after first round of talks. The three parties have also come together to demand President’s rule in the state.

The development comes almost a week after Telangana Assembly was dissolved as Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao sought to go for early elections. The polls are likely in November.

The assembly polls in Telangana were originally scheduled to be held simultaneously with the Lok Sabha elections next year. However, the assembly was dissolved last week necessitating elections ahead of schedule.

State Congress chief Uttam Kumar Reddy said they would try to bring together all opposition parties to defeat Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS). The alliance will also seek support of all people’s organisations, employees, unemployed and women’s groups.

The leaders of Congress, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and Communist Party of India (CPI) met at a star hotel in the city on Tuesday.

The opposition parties have termed TRS chief’s action as undemocratic.

Uttam Kumar Reddy, TDP’s Telangana unit president L. Ramna and CPI’s state secretary Chada Venkat Reddy and other leaders of the three parties held the talks.

Later, they joined leaders of other opposition parties to meet Governor E.S. L. Narasimhan and demand President’s rule in the state.

They said that free and fair elections were not possible in Telangana with Chandrashekhar Rao as the caretaker Chief Minister.

Before forming an alliance with the TDP, the Congress had tried to justify its approach saying that it does not harbour any bitter feelings towards the TDP.

(With agency inputs)