Telugu Desam Party and CPI(M) cautious, while CPI is highly critical of TRS

Naidu says he will respond later to the development in a proper way

CPI leader Narayana wants KCR to spell out his stand clearly

HYDERABAD: Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) president K. Chandrasekhar Rao’s open support to the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance at its rally at Ludhiana on Sunday has left the other Grand Alliance partners, Telugu Desam and Left parties, thoroughly disappointed.

Though the TRS had made it clear that it would remain with the GA in the State, Mr. Rao’s assertion on Sunday that BJP senior leader L.K. Advani would be the next Prime Minister and that he would lobby with like-minded parties for supporting the NDA coalition has left the three GA partners shocked.

While the TDP and the CPI (M) preferred to remain cautious of Mr. Rao’s moves, the CPI was highly critical of his “opportunistic politics.” When approached by mediapersons, the TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu did not react, for the second consecutive day, on the issue but appeared unhappy.

The CPI (M) State secretary, B.V. Raghavulu, said the TRS’ decision to support the “communal BJP” was unfortunate. Several senior TDP leaders who were against any tie-up with the TRS owing to Mr. Rao’s “unpredictability” feel vindicated, but preferred not to react to the development.

Declining to comment on the developments, Mr. Chandrababu Naidu indicated that he would respond later in a “proper way” while Mr. Raghavulu said his party would wait till May 16 when election results would be declared for clarity to emerge over the stand taken by different parties.

Clarity sought

Mr. Narayana demanded that Mr. Rao clarify whether he was with the Grand Alliance or switched over to the NDA coalition. There was no scope for “riding on two horses simultaneously” as the Left parties were against any alliance with parties supporting the BJP.

Lashing out at Mr. Rao for attending the NDA rally, he said his ‘double standards’ stood exposed. The TRS’ decision to “beg” the NDA to grant a separate State, rather than continuing the political struggle, was an insult to the people of Telangana, he added.