P. Ram Mohan,

They secured 20 ZPTCs out of 36 in the last election.

There were a few takers of Congress tickets last timeTRS swept the entire Machareddy mandalMany opting for Congress tickets this time

NIZAMABAD: Telangana Rashtra Samithi leaders have been at a loss as to what role they should play in the local body elections, which are round the corner with their cadres being disturbed in the recent period.

Some of the leaders have joined the Congress and some are sceptical about the elections, if they have no truck with the Congress.

Though they look so smug about their party's `performance' and their leader's strategy towards achieving the goal of separate Telangana, yet this time they are not sure of winning even half of the ZPTCs of what they had won in the last elections in 2001.

In the last election they had secured the Zilla Parishad on its own by winning 18 ZPTCs out of the total of 36. Subsequently, a couple of ZPTC members had joined the party taking its strength to 20. A sizeable number of MPPs had also gone in favour of the party in the last election.

Changing times

In the last election many leaders thronged the party office and leaders seeking the party ticket. Surprisingly, they were a few takers of Congress tickets last time. However, the situation has now turned upside down with many opting for Congress ticket and very few for TRS.

The TRS's glory during the last local body elections could be gauged from the fact that out of 10 ZPTCs eight went in favour of the party. The party swept the entire Machareddy mandal.

With the party rank and file under the leadership of Machareddy former MPP president, L. Narasinga Rao enmasse joining the Congress recently the party has taken a beating. In Kamareddy mandal, although there are leaders who are there in the party, but they are unable to enthuse cadres.

Disturbed cadres

The situation has been no better in Yellareddy Assembly constituency held by the TRS MLA, E. Ravinder Reddy. The cadre has been disturbed in Gandhari and Lingampet mandals and it is somewhat better off in Tadwai and Sadasivanagar mandals.

According to political observers, the TRS position in Dichpally constituency represented by a senior leader, G. Ganga Reddy (TRS) is also not doing well. As the party's position has weakened to a large extent after the municipal elections and also in the backdrop of recent political developments TRS leadership may not be able effectively bargain for seats with the Congress.

Another contention, which is doing rounds in political circles, is that even if the Congress and the TRS have alliance in local bodies to what extent will they cooperate with each other is still of great doubt.