Blow to Congress, TRS says no to merger
On a day the Janata Dal (United) snubbed its alliance overtures, the Congress was dealt another blow on Monday when in the evening Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) not only ruled out a merger but also indicated it was open to a tie-up with other political parties.
TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao announced in Hyderabad that his party had unanimously decided not to merge with the Congress. After a six-hour meeting of its general body, TRS also set up a five-member committee to discuss alliance with other parties, including the Congress.
The developments are a blow to the Congress’ Lok Sabha math. It braved opposition within and outside to go ahead with the Andhra split, expecting to reap rich electoral dividends in Telangana, which has 17 Lok Sabha seats, in alliance with TRS. With anger against the split, Seemandhra with 25 Lok Sabha seats is largely seen as a lost cause for the Congress.
Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) president K Chandrasekhar Rao with party general secretary K Keshava Rao at the party’s politburo meeting in Hyderabad. (PTI Photo)
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