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No electoral alliance with Congress in Telangana: TRS chief Chandrasekhar Rao

TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao on Saturday categorically declared that his party Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) will not have any electoral alliance with the Congress in upcoming elections in Telangana.

Earlier, amid indications of a strain in ties between the Congress and the TRS with regard to an electoral alliance, Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh said his party was prepared to contest all the seats in Telangana. “Before the Telangana Bill was passed, Chandrasekhar Rao saab (TRS president) had given a statement consistently that once the Telangana is delivered, we shall merge the TRS with the Congress. But then they have gone back on that. As far as we are concerned, we are prepared for any eventuality and we are going ahead to fight all the 119 (assembly) seats and all the 17 seats of Parliament,” he said.

Singh was speaking at an event called “Meet the Press” organized by the Hyderabad Press Club in Hyderabad.

Singh, in charge of Congress affairs in Andhra Pradesh, said he did speak to (TRS leader) Keshav Rao, who promised to see him in Delhi, but that did not materialize.

“There is a committee headed by AK Antony in AICC which is looking into the issue of alliances. If we get a concrete proposal from the TRS for fighting the next assembly and Parliament elections in alliance, we shall examine it,” he said.

Asked that some TRS leaders planned to join Congress, he said they can contact the senior leaders of Congress in Telangana or himself “if they are wanting to join”.

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