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Party leaders walk out of meeting as talks hit road-block

HYDERABAD: The talks between the Telugu Desam Party and the Telangana Rashtra Samiti hit a road-block on Saturday evening, as both sides stuck to their respective stands on seat sharing.

The TRS leaders -- T. Harish Rao, Eatala Rajender and Nayani Narasimha Reddy -- who approached the TDP leadership were said to have demanded nine Lok Sabha, excluding Hyderabad, and 50 Assembly seats as part of the alliance. But the TDP was prepared to give only eight Lok Sabha and 45 Assembly seats.

The TRS leaders turned down the TDP’s proposal and walked out of the meeting threatening to call off the alliance, if their demand was not conceded.

They said TRS chief K. Chandrasekhar Rao will come to the negotiating table only if the demand was honoured.

Meanwhile, a TRS MLA told The Hindu that the TDP and the TRS were locked in dispute at two to three constituencies in each district in Telangana region. Sources said Mr. Chandrasekhar Rao was keen on taking the Mahabubnagar Lok Sabha seat, from where he himself was believed to have evinced interest to contest. But the TDP leadership was unwilling to concede the seat.

As regards the Assembly constituencies, TRS leaders are insisting on getting the Adilabad Town, Mancherial, Chennur constituencies but are facing stiff opposition from the TDP. In Manthani Assembly segment also, similar situation prevails. In Serilingampalli Assembly constituency in Ranga Reddy district, the two parties have locked horns.

Not happy

Besides the TDP, the TRS was also not happy with the demand put forth by the Left parties on certain constituencies like Bhongir Parliamentary and Husnabad Assembly segment.

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