HYDERABAD: The Congress has described the Telangana Rashtra Samiti’s decision to support the National Democratic Alliance as “yet another instance exposing the opportunistic politics of its president K. Chandrasekhar Rao”. But the development would not have any impact on the Congress which was set to return to power in the State and at the Centre.

Congress candidate from Vijayawada Lok Sabha seat Lagadapati Rajagopal said the change in stand of TRS hardly matters, as it may not be able to win more than three Lok Sabha seats while there is uncertainty over Mr. Rao’s victory from Mahbubnagar Lok Sabha constituency.

Given this situation, the TRS’ stand would not make any difference to the United Progressive Alliance or the Congress that was set to get about 190 seats.

Mr. Rajagopal said the day was not far when Mr. Rao would become “a laughing stock” among the people.

All India Congress Committee secretary P. Sudhakar Reddy saw in Mr. Rao’s move a “systematic game plan” to keep the issue alive for gaining personal publicity.

The development was a pointer to the ‘imminent collapse’ of the Grand Alliance, he said.