The Telangana Rashtra Samithi’s decision to rule out an alliance with the Congress for the coming election would not have surprised anyone (“Congress loses ally, BJP gains,” March 16). Senior Congress leaders shying away from contesting the polls, current UPA allies openly praising Narendra Modi, Congress spokesperson P.C. Chacko himself saying that the party’s prospects are not bright, and the findings of pre-poll surveys, all make it obvious that the UPA government will not return to power. No party will want to sail with the Congress, now considered a sinking ship.
Bhanamma Aravinda Bai, Hyderabad
No one was surprised when TRS president K. Chandrasekhar Rao categorically ruled out an electoral alliance with the Congress. His decision may have shocked the Congress high command. But are not a majority of Congress leaders in the Telangana region strongly opposed to the move for a tie-up with the TRS, as they believe that the latter is trying to take all credit for the creation of Telangana?
Bidyut Kumar Chatterjee, Faridabad
The decision of the TRS not to align with the Congress smacks of ingratitude. It was the relentless pressure by the TRS that prompted the Congress to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh, despite the rejection of the bifurcation bill by the party’s Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy and the Andhra Pradesh Assembly. The understanding with the TRS at that time was that the party would merge with the Congress post the creation of Telangana. But once the party achieved its objective, it has developed cold feet and left the Congress high and dry. It has proved that in politics one good turn does not deserve another.
C.V. Aravind, Chennai
The Congress should realise that it cannot go on enjoying power by virtue of support from other parties. It cannot be forgiven for its decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh purely from a vote bank angle. It hoped to gain votes from Telangana but the TRS’ refusal to join or ally with it has now put it in a spot of humiliation. This a lesson for the party.
V.S. Ganeshan, Bangalore