Congress: TDP set for poll alliance in Telangana
Last week decision by Telangana Rashtra Samithi to call for snap elections hastened the (Congress-TDP) alliance which will be formalized this week.
Hyderabad:-The dissolution of the Telangana assembly has triggered an unlikely alliance in the state, with the Congress set to tie up with one-time rival Telugu Desam Party. Last week’s decision by Telangana ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) to call for snap elections hastened the alliance which will be formalized this week senior party leaders said: The alliance will be effective for the assembly and Lok Sabha elections.
The TDP was Founded in 1982 as an anti-Congress Force, but a new common enemy in the ruling TRS seems to have bridged the gap between the two. K. ‘Chandrashekar Rao currently’ caretaker chief minister, recommended dissolving the legislative assembly on 6 September.
The alliance is going to happen and a formal announcement can be expected soon. More than us, the TDP needs it, else, they lose a chance to stay relevant in the political scenario in the coming elections, said a Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee office-bearer, who did not want to be identified.
The TPCC leader added that the Congress is looking to get The settler votes from those who have settled in and around Hyderabad from the neighbouring ‘Andhra Pradesh’ ,As the TDP is considered strong in those areas. In the 2014 assembly elections, the TDP had won 15 of the total 119, assembly seats out of the nearly 30 constituencies in and around Hyderabad, mostly in areas believed to have a lot of migrants from Andhra Pradesh.
Apart from that, the Congress, which is the main opposition, is also expecting to get more support from backward classes (BC) voters. BCs occupy a little more than 50% of Telangana population. A senior TDP leader, who did not want to be identified, did not rule out the alliance but declined to talk more about the plans.