Congress leaves two seats to TRS; TDP downplays alliance talk
Congress clears 17 candidates' names for Council pollKCR for firm commitment on Telangana from two parties
HYDERABAD: Spurning the offer of an understanding for the Legislative Council elections by the Congress and Telugu Desam, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) has condemned the unilateral announcements about the alliance by the two parties.
On a day of fast-paced political developments, TRS president K. Chandrasekhar Rao said there was no question of an alliance with the Congress under any circumstances.
This followed the statement of AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh and APCC chief K. Keshava Rao in New Delhi that they had decided to support the TRS in Karimnagar and Medak local bodies' constituencies after speaking to the TRS president on phone.
On the other hand, the TDP sought to dilute its earlier offer to consider `with an open mind' if the TRS wanted to have an understanding.
But Mr. Chandrasekhar Rao wanted the TDP to spell out its stand on Telangana before talking about a poll alliance.
Meanwhile, the Congress has finalised the names of 17 candidates from the local bodies constituencies after Dr. Keshava Rao along with Chief Minister Y.S.Rajasekhara Reddy held detailed discussions with Mr. Singh and later with AICC chief Sonia Gandhi.
The AICC has cleared the candidature of the following: T. Babji (Srikakulam), Gidugu Rudraraju (East Godavari), Ganga Bhavani (West Godavari), Ilapuram Venkaiah (Krishna), Rayapati Srinivas and T. G. V. Krishna Reddy (Guntur), G. V. Seshu (Prakasam), C. V. Sesha Reddy (Nellore), Jayachandra Naidu (Chittoor), Sivarami Reddy (Anantapur), T. Srinivasulu (Kurnool), Jagadishwar Reddy (Mahabubnagar), Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka (Khammam), Palvai Goverdhan Reddy (Nalgonda), G. Venkat Ramana Reddy (Warangal), R. Venkatram Reddy (Nizamabad) and Premsagar Rao (Adilabad).
More names soon
The party could not finalise the candidates from Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam, Kadapa, and Chittoor constituencies.
Dr. Rao said that the candidates to be elected by MLAs would be finalised at the Pradesh Election Committee meeting on February 25.
On its own strength, the TRS stands a chance of getting two of its candidates elected by the MLAs. Mr. Chandrasekhar Rao said the TRS would give up its claim for the two seats from the Assembly and four local bodies' constituencies where it could tilt the scales if the Congress or the TDP came forward to create separate Telangana.
To a question whether the Congress leaders did not talk about the alliance when they telephoned him, Mr. Rao said the proposal had indeed come but he had made it clear to them that there was no question unless they made a commitment on separate Telangana.