This Article is From Mar 15, 2014

Mind made up, no alliance with Congress, says Telangana's KCR

Mind made up, no alliance with Congress, says Telangana's KCR
Hyderabad: The Telangana Rashtra Samithi has said it will go alone in the ensuing elections to state assembly and parliament.

Ruling out any alliance with the Congress party, TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao said after a meeting of the election committee of the party in Hyderabad today, that the Congress had only delivered a state but failed to do justice in terms of getting resources, water or jobs for Telangana.

"Telangana needs its own political identity and regional leadership who can fight for Telangana and its development," KCR said.

He also pointed out that they had proposed merger of TRS with the Congress to secure statehood for the region and prevent suicides by hundreds of youth.

"But now, people are against our merger and hence we are going by their wish," he added.

Newly-appointed Telangana Pradesh Congress committee chief Ponnala Laxmaiah said the TRS had offered to merge by itself and went back on their own word. "We are strong and confident," he said.

An opinion poll by NDTV shows that KCR will win 11 of the 17 parliamentary seats in Telangana, to be officially born as India's 29th state on June 2. The Congress is likely to get five seats.

KCR had recently rejected an overture by the Congress for a merger.

The Congress had reportedly rejected KCR's demand to be made chief minister of the new state during the negotiations for a merger. He was also irked by the fact that the new state will not be formally founded till after the national election.

The Congress pushed the proposal for the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh as vote-bait, hoping to reap a rich harvest in the Telangana region in the national election.

But it ran behind schedule in getting the plan cleared by Parliament.