Greater Hyderabad Congress Committee president Danam Nagender has hinted that the Congress might enter into a friendly alliance with the Majlis-e-Ittehadul-Muslimeen (MIM) in the general elections in the twin cities.

“A couple of rounds of meetings have been held with the MIM leadership, including one wherein AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh and MIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi met. The party is expected to reach an understanding for a friendly alliance in certain constituencies in the city,” he told The Hindu on Friday. The former Minister in an interview said that a request had also been made to the MIM leadership not to insist on fielding its candidate from Secunderabad parliamentary constituency.

Mr. Nagender spoke at length on the selection of candidates, party’s prospects in the polls, impact of TRS, safeguards for the people of Seemandhra settled in the twin cities, development of Hyderabad as a global city and steps to help slum dwellers. “We are keen on fielding candidates with a good track record. It should be an easy going for us in the twin cities and Ranga Reddy comprising 28 Assembly constituencies,” he said, pointing out that the TRS would draw a blank in GHMC limits. “They will lose deposits in many constituencies,” he said. Asserting that the Congress would put up a good show, he said: “We are going to improve our tally of 14 in the 2009 elections in the twin cities and Ranga Reddy.” Mr. Nagender said that focus would be on the weaker section housing colonies and slums. “We will include regularisation of all unauthorised slums in the poll manifesto,” he said, adding that 24x7 drinking water supply and property tax exemption for houses valued around Rs. 10 lakh would also be included in the poll manifesto. In addition, the Rs. 155 slab for drinking water bill and reasonable slab for power consumers would be included as well.