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Lok Sabha polls 2019: How TRS and YSRCP could play kingmakers in Delhi


Interestingly, this kind of march was earlier taken up by his late father YS Rajasekhara Reddy and rival Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief N Chandrababu Naidu.

According to reports, Jaganmohan Reddy has reached an understanding with Telangana Chief Minister and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief K Chandrashekar Rao. Jaganmohan has reportedly said he would be working with KCR to bring special status for Andhra Pradesh.

KCR has been meeting political leaders including West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee to cobble up a non-BJP, non-Congress ‘Federal Front’.
However, with no commitments so far, response to the proposed front has been lukewarm.

YSRCP’s resurgence

Political observers have highlighted YSRCP’s rapid resurgence in the state. Some have also suggested that Naidu’s decision to tie up with TDP’s arch-rival Congress was part of an effort to counter YSRCP.

In Naidu, Jaganmohan Reddy and KCR have a common political rival. KCR’s son KT Rama Rao had said TRS would enter Andhra Pradesh if necessary, to "politically finish off Naidu".

In the 2014 general election, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) won 17 out of the 25 seats in Andhra Pradesh (TDP and BJP winning 15 and two, respectively). YSRCP had won eight seats while the Congress was wiped out.

In Telangana, banking on a successful campaign to attain statehood, TRS won 11 out of the state’s 17 parliamentary seats. TDP, BJP, YSRCP and AIMIM won one seat, each. Congress had won two seats.

‘King makers’

In December 2018, KCR retained power in India’s newest state. His party won 88 out of the 119 seats in the assembly. The Congress-TDP alliance ended up with 21 seats.

Claiming that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress would not get the majority in the parliamentary elections, TRS Working President KT Rama Rao said the interests of the state would be well-served if the party is in a 'decisive position' by winning substantial Lok Sabha seats.

KTR, as he is commonly known, said TRS could win 16 out of the total 17 Lok Sabha seats, excluding Hyderabad represented by Asaduddin Owaisi’s All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM).

"If we give 16 seats to KCR, he will bend Delhi's neck and we can get the funds for our state, the interests due to Hyderabad and schemes from the Centre to our people," he said.

KCR is hoping to play the role of kingmaker in an event that the hung house is formed in Lok Sabha elections. Many poll surveys have also indicated to the Hung Lok Sabha.

With the hopes of winning YSRCP 14 and TRS 16, Trans-Telugu Partnership can become a group of 30 seats. With 30 seats, the TRS-YSRCP can make a difficult deal at the centre.


SOURCE: money control

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