Telangana

Alliance partners working on common agenda

TTDP president L. Ramana, TPCC president N. Uttam Kumar Reddy, CPI State secretary Chada Venkat Reddy and TJS president M. Kodandaram making a common cause.

TTDP president L. Ramana, TPCC president N. Uttam Kumar Reddy, CPI State secretary Chada Venkat Reddy and TJS president M. Kodandaram making a common cause.   | Photo Credit: K.V.S. GIRI

Leaders agree privately that seat-sharing will not be smooth

In their bid to stitch together an effective alliance, all four parties in the proposed coalition — Congress, Telugu Desam, Telangana Jana Samiti (TJS) and the CPI — have started working on giving their inputs to a common agenda which will form the premise for their coming together.

In fact, the TJS has even formed a group to work on the common agenda that will be presented at a meeting of the parties shortly.

TJS president M. Kodandaram told The Hindu that the parties have crossed the first hurdle of coming to a broad understanding that the alliance is a necessity. “Now, we are working on a mutually agreed framework,” he said.

“Our effort is not only to dislodge K. Chandrasekhar Rao as Chief Minister but also his autocratic rule and give better governance to the State. For this, we have to define governance and include it in common agenda. Also, a mechanism to give better governance must be spelt out,” he said.

Mr. Kodandaram said seat sharing between parties is the next stage in the process of building up the alliance. The parties are nowhere near it but they are assessing their strengths constituency-wise. He added that the common agenda will reflect the aspirations of people and incorporate provision on how the State budget should contribute to the development of the State.

TDP-TS president L. Ramana said the grand alliance is confirmed and the common agenda will be prepared keeping in view the spirit of separate Telangana movement.

The leaders agree privately that the seat sharing was not likely to be a smooth affair, particularly because the TJS is entering electoral politics for the first time and has no proven strength in any of the constituencies. The CPI won the lone seat of Devarakonda in last elections but its MLA Ravindra Kumar defected to the TRS. According to CPI State secretary Chada Venkat Reddy, the party had identified 12 seats where it has mass following but will stake claim on winnability which should become the sole criteria for seat sharing.

In the case of TDP, the party won 15 seats but 12 of its MLAs shifted loyalty to TRS. Sources said the party president N. Chandrababu Naidu had advised his colleagues not to claim higher seats when they took up seat sharing in the interest of keeping afloat the alliance.

All parties have decided to hold consultations in a day or two, now that the ‘go ahead’ is given by both Mr. Naidu and Congress president Rahul Gandhi.

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