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‘No joining hands with BJP in post-poll scenario’

Dr. Rajasekhara Reddy kicked a self-goal, says KCR

‘YSR indulging in cheap politics fearing defeat in elections’

HYDERABAD: Telugu Desam and Telangana Rashtra Samithi leaders on Tuesday refuted the claim of Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy that both the parties were likely to join hands with the BJP in post-poll scenario and accused him of indulging in “cheap politics” fearing defeat in the elections.

At separate press conferences, they criticised Dr. Reddy for trying to rake up one controversy after another in a bid to gain political mileage in the next phase of polling to be held on April 23.

TRS president K. Chandrasekhara Rao said: Dr. Rajasekhara Reddy has just kicked a self-goal.

There is no way people will believe him. I remember TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu trying a similar tack during the last elections and he failed miserably.

KCR confident

The writing on the wall is clear, Mr. Rao said, adding that the Grand Alliance would surely play a key role in forming the Government at the State and in the Centre.

“In the first phase, people have voted for us in the first phase and the patronage for the Grand Alliance will continue in phase two also. The TRS will bag over 35 seats of the 45 in which our candidates were fielded,” he declared.

Senior TDP leaders K. Yerran Naidu and K. Ram Mohan Rao charged the Chief Minister with uttering falsehood and said that TDP had snapped ties with the BJP because it was a “communal party”.

The same stand remained till now and would continue after elections.

There was no question of supporting either a BJP-led National Democratic Alliance or Congress-led United Progressive Alliance Government at the Centre since TDP had been striving for the formation of a Third Alternative, they said.

Even the allies of and NDA and UPA are now looking towards Third Alternative, they said and expressed confidence that it would come power at the Centre.