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Telangana: Rahul Gandhi, Chandrababu Naidu to participate in election rally

The Congress, Telugu Desam Party, CPI and Telangana Jana Samiti (TJS) have formed a “grand alliance” for the December 7 polls in Telangana.

SNS | New Delhi |

Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who reached Hyderabad on Wednesday, is slated to address a joint rally in Telangana’s Khammam with TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu and leaders of other alliance parties for the Telangana Assembly elections.

The Congress, TDP, CPI and Telangana Jana Samiti (TJS) have formed a “grand alliance” for the December 7 polls.

Naidu and Gandhi are also expected to participate in road shows during the campaign for the elections.

Naidu, the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, had met Gandhi earlier this month as part of efforts to put together an anti-BJP front.

This is the first time two top leaders of the Congress and the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) will be sharing the stage at an election rally since they agreed to work together to form an alliance of non-BJP parties at the national level.

Telangana Congress working president Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka and TDP leader Nama Nageswara Rao visited the Government Degree College in Khammam on Monday where the ‘grand alliance’ public meeting will be held.

They said the public meeting would not only bolster the alliance’s campaign but would be significant for national politics. Vikramarka said the meeting would send a message to the whole country.

For the Khammam public meeting, the Congress has also invited CPI General Secretary S. Sudhakar Reddy and TJS leader M. Kodandaram.

Elections for 119-member Assembly are scheduled on December 7. The Congress has fielded candidates in 94 constituencies leaving the rest for its allies. TDP is contesting 13 seats.