ANDHRA PRADESH

Congress-TRS alliance spurs political activity

WARANGAL, FEB. 26. No sooner was the alliance between the Congress and the TRS struck than political activity in the district reached its peak. Leaders of both the parties are in utter confusion as to which of the seats each party would get in the seat sharing.

Both the parties have at least half a dozen leaders aspiring for each of the Assembly constituency. Though the dissidence factor is not new to the Congress, it is likely to affect the chances of the TRS candidates.

In Parkal, though it has not been decided which of the two parties will get the seat, competition seems to be more in the TRS for the seat.

The former MLAs -- Jayapal of BJP and B. Sammaiah of Congress -- who had earlier represented the constituency and subsequently joined the TRS - and the senior TRS leader, Jannu Jacharaiah, are considered serious candidates.

Meanwhile, in Cheriyal, the former Congress MLA, N. Rajalingam, who represented the constituency in the dissolved Assembly, appears to be furious over the alliance anticipating that he might lose the seat to the TRS. He went on record stating that never before a Congress candidate won from the constituency and he was the first to do so. "I will not sit quiet if it goes to the TRS. I will show my strength," he said.

The parties also seem to be confused over the Warangal ticket. The former MLA, B Saraiah, is yet to get a green signal from the Congress high command while the TRS leaders contend that the party is strong in the district, and should get nothing less than 10 seats.

The fate of former Congress MLAs except for seniors like D. S. Redyanaik and Ponnala Lakshmaiah, hangs in air. Hectic lobbying is on in the TRS as the alliance with the Congress has sabotaged chances of many aspirants.

The alliance has also made a few TDP leaders sit up for many of them are worried about their chances in the forthcoming elections. "Though we did expect it will happen, we have to see how far the alliance will affect our chances," a senior leader told The Hindu.