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Jagan cosying up to TRS, may threaten Congress డిసెంబర్ 23, 2011

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Jagan cosying up to TRS, may threaten Congress

P S Jayaram
Khaleez Times, 23 December 2011

HYDERABAD – What had been a mere speculation in the political circles in the past few months is coming true. The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), which had violently opposed YSR Congress party President Y S Jaganmohan Reddy’s tour of Telangana last year, is now gearing up to welcome him in mid-January when he is expected to undertake a tour of the region.

This politically-strategic move, political observers believe, is the first step towards establishing an electoral tie-up between the two parties ahead of the 2014 elections. An alliance between TRS and YSR Congress could prove to be a lethal combination since it is widely believed that Jagan had eroded the political bases of both the Congress and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions while TRS, being a party fighting for the separate Telangana statehood cause, would expectedly do well in the region. TRS leaders argue that they had not opposed the ongoing trip of TDP President N Chandrababu Naidu in Telangana in deference to the democratic spirit. Hence, there is no reason why the party should oppose Jagan’s tour either, they contend. The fact is that the separatist party would be seen in poor light if they oppose Naidu’s tour and then remain silent when Jagan undertakes his tour.

TRS Floor Leader in the Legislative Assembly E Rajender justified his party’s decision stating that it had decided to respect the democratic spirit as far as the other parties are concerned. “We are in a democratic polity and every party has the right to carry out its programmes, and hence, TRS has not given any call to oppose Naidu’s tours in Telangana,” he said.

Interestingly, TRS does not view Jagan as an enemy now despite the fact that the Kadapa MP had displayed a placard in Lok Sabha advocating united Andhra. It is also a known fact that Jagan does have a fair share of supporters in Telangana region too, particularly the youth.

Meanwhile, Naidu said his party would ensure that the farmers in the state get a profit of 50 per cent on their produce if his party comes to power. All the promises that the TDP makes to farmers would be included in the party manifesto, he said.

Addressing farmers in adjoining Medak district, the former chief minister accused the Congress government of neglecting the farm sector and alleged that the state government had failed to come to their rescue despite declaring over 800 mandals as drought-hit. Asking the government if they were blind to the problems faced by farmers, Naidu wondered if the ministers were in slumber. “Can’t they see problems faced by farmers? Crops have dried, farmers are unable to get remunerative prices for their produce and they are in dire straits,” he said.

Source: http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?xfile=data/international/2011/December/international_December874.xml&section=international

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