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Updated: February 24, 2014 04:45 IST

KCR-Sonia meeting spurs talk of merger

    B. Muralidhar Reddy
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TRS chief K. Chandrasekhara Rao addresses media after meeting Congress president Sonia Gandhi, in New Delhi on Sunday. Photo: Shanker Chakravarty
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TRS chief K. Chandrasekhara Rao addresses media after meeting Congress president Sonia Gandhi, in New Delhi on Sunday. Photo: Shanker Chakravarty

A meeting between Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) president K. Chandrasekhar Rao and Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Sunday raised expectations in political circles of a possible merger or an electoral alliance between the two parties.

With the Election Commission expected to announce the general election schedule and time-table for the Andhra Pradesh Assembly poll in the first week of March, discussions for electoral match-making and mergers are on.

KCR was accompanied by his family at the meeting and expectations of an announcement were high as the Congress wants the TRS to merge with it.

The Congress general secretary in-charge of Andhra Pradesh, Digvijaya Singh, would engage the TRS chief over the next few weeks and press the merits of merger, party sources said.

However, TRS sources suggested that Mr. Rao thinks the two sides stand to gain more by fighting the election as allies rather than after a merger.

A senior leader in TRS close to Mr. Rao said the vacuum created by merger could benefit parties like the BJP, though that party has minimal presence in the Telangana region.

“If the Congress insists on a merger we would like to make sure that the rank and file which stood with the TRS through thick and thin of the movement is accommodated. The party cadre would naturally expect that our leader has a substantive say when the Telangana State government is formed,” the leader said.

The TRS chief downplayed his meeting with Ms. Gandhi, describing it as a courtesy call. “Statehood to Telangana would not have been possible but for Mrs. Gandhi’s determination,” he told journalists.

i hope both parties gain more as allies rather than merger. Because if
TRS merges in congress BJP gains some anti-congress votes in telangana
region other wise if TRS party not merged in congress then it will have
opportunity to gain anti-congress as well as anti TDP votes. it will
also give platform to the cadre who working hard for telangana also for
party development.

from:  M Santhosh
Posted on: Feb 24, 2014 at 11:38 IST

It is beyond doubt that the bifurcation is a brainchild of some dumb congressi neta to gain a few seats in the coming elections. This will definitely divide the people and the country instead of uniting it. Short-sighted misdemeanor for which madamji, the princeling and all congressis will pay in the coming electionsSm.

from:  Rahul
Posted on: Feb 24, 2014 at 10:50 IST

One thing is clear. It is not as easy for congress to get TRS as it
got Chiranjeevi. After all being the main force behind getting the
Telengana state, will KCR and TRS loose their importance on the state
at this crucial time? Congress made miscalculations in this regard; it
would have done some more arms twist with KCR before passing the bill
in the parliament. After all in this business of division of state it
is like, as one of my business friend used to say, in business
humanity is secondary. May be, congress may have to pay price for this
foolish and hasty decision. And more over anybody will think twice to
embark in to a sinking ship.

from:  Ramanasree
Posted on: Feb 24, 2014 at 08:24 IST

Sonia has kept her promise of delivering Telangana State. TRS has to
fulfil their commitment to the Congress party. Otherwise, Sonia and her
coterie know how to make life miserable for KCR and his family !

from:  vr vedula
Posted on: Feb 24, 2014 at 07:20 IST

KCR should be declared 'Father of Telangana'.

from:  kRam
Posted on: Feb 24, 2014 at 06:02 IST

To Mr. Rahul and Mrs. Sonia Gandhi: I write this open letter to you to leave congress and join AAP. Neither AAP is not a political party nor I am a party activist. AAP is a revolution. A revolution to stop corruption. You literally had ten years of power but you did nothing to stop corruption. If you can argue that I am wrong and you did a lot to stop corruption, then I must say everything you did to stop corruption was an utter failure. You either failed to stop corruption or your methods did not work. Corruption and Dynasty are so cancerous that destroys everything. Corruption and dynasty promotes unqualified candidates ahead of qualified candidates. You are the prime example of this statement. You both are unqualified to lead India but you both got ahead of qualified candidates due to your family name. If you truly love India and want to rid India of corruption and want India to grow to its full potential, please leave Congress and join AAP revolution for a noble cause.

from:  sam
Posted on: Feb 24, 2014 at 03:35 IST

If there is no merger and no alliance, TRS and Congress would cut their votes by fighting each other. If there is pre-poll alliance, then this is no much different from merger.

So, merger is the best option for both parties.

from:  Hariharan
Posted on: Feb 24, 2014 at 03:06 IST

Forming a State out of a State is so easy now-a-days.Just kill 1000 odd
guys and you will get the new State to make you a CM.

from:  dola soma sekharam
Posted on: Feb 23, 2014 at 21:10 IST

Only future will tell whether the decision to bifurcate the Andhra state is right or not and at
that time nothing can be done. All major decisions are taken for clinging to power at the cost
of sacrificing national interest. Now govt will be forced to take up the issue of erecting
memorials for those who died for the cause of telengana and at the cost of the people s
money statues willbe erected for those who died. Govt will definitely justify that.The framers
of the constitution never would have imagined that future politicians will stoop,to such low
level in public life.

from:  L sundaresan
Posted on: Feb 23, 2014 at 15:29 IST
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