Doubt over Congress-TRS merger as majority favours alliance: KTR Rao


Parikshit Luthra,CNN-IBN | Feb 24, 2014 at 01:53pm IST

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”Larger section wants to retain its identity. A strong TRS is good for the interests of the state. Larger opinion is veering towards the party retaining its position as an independent identity”

New Delhi: The Congress and the TRS merger may not happen in Telangana as both the parties are having a second thought after the local leaders expressed fears that it will cede the opposition space to BJP and TDP in the new state. The parties are likely to go for a seat sharing in the elections. TRS chief K Chandrashekhara Rao’s son and MLA KT Rama Rao said that a large section in the party was opposing the merger and they favour a pre-poll alliance with the Congress.

TRS Chief K Chandrasekhar Rao, KT Rama Rao, party member Jagadish Reddy met Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Monday. Congress’s Andhra Pradesh in-charge Digvijaya Singh was also present during the meeting. Sources said the Congress is looking for a merger with the TRS, but the party is not willing to merge. The TRS wants to retain a larger chunk of seats for itself.

Sources said the TRS feels a merger is not going to help either the Congress or TRS. A merger means the TRS could lose the edge it has got after the formation of Telangana. Anti- incumbency was believed to hurt the Congress in the elections.

Here is an excerpt from the interview:

CNN-IBN: You earlier were open to a merger, why a change of stand?
KT Rama Rao: At this juncture some issues need to be sorted out. TRS has a record of sending a lot of people to the Assembly and Lok Sabha. So we have to consider feelings of everyone.

CNN-IBN: Large section of the TRS doesn’t want a merger?
KT Rama Rao: Larger section wants to retain its identity. A strong TRS is good for the interests of the state. Larger opinion is veering towards the party retaining its position as an independent identity.

CNN-IBN: Have you said that if the Congress backs for the post of Chief Minister, they can get a chunk of the seats?
KT Rama Rao: We haven’t said anything like that.

CNN-IBN: When can we expect a final decision?
KT Rama Rao: I think election notification will be out in the first week of March. I think a decision will be made by then.

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