Telangana in cold storgae, KCR turns focus again on polls ఏప్రిల్ 7, 2013Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in agitation, compromise, Congress, elections, politics, TRS.
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With Telangana in cold storage, KCR turns focus on polls
Express News Service, Hyderabad, 7 April 2013
With the Congress putting the Telangana issue in the cold storage, the TRS leadership has intensified its efforts to establish a firm foothold in the areas so far dominated by the ruling party as well as the main opposition party in the Telangana region in the run-up to the 2014 general election.
In a bid to achieve its target of winning as many Lok Sabha and Assembly seats as possible in the next general election, TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao is focusing his attention on attracting leaders with winning potential from the Congress as well as the TDP to the pink party’s fold.
According to party sources, the TRS chief has already started holding negotiations with disgruntled leaders of the two parties and has been persuading senior Congress leader K Kesava Rao to join the pink party as the Congress is not keeping its promise of carving out Telangana state.
“The TRS chief is of the opinion that if Kesava Rao, a staunch Telangana advocate in the Congress, joins the TRS, it will encourage some more top leaders of the ruling party to join the pink party. But Kesava Rao is reluctant to join the TRS,” said a source.
The TRS leadership is also in touch with some Congress MPs such as Manda Jagannadham (Nagarkurnool), G Vivekananda (Peddapalli), Siricilla Rajaiah (Warangal), Komatireddy Rajgopal Reddy (Bhongir) and Gutta Sukhender Reddy (Nalgonda). Fuelling the speculation, Rajgopal Reddy’s brother and former minister Komatireddy Venkat Reddy has met the TRS chief at the latter’s residence here recently. Jagannadham and Sukhender Reddy have made no secret of their desire to join the TRS in case the Congress fails to keep its promise on Telangana. Rao has been claiming that five MPs of the Congress are ready to join his party.
Speaking on the possibility of he and his brother Rajgopal Reddy quitting the Congress for the sake of joining the TRS, Komatireddy Venkat Reddy said, “I firmly believe that the Congress high command will carve up the state and form a Telagnana state by the end of May. If it does not happen, we will take an appropriate decision as per the wishes of the people.”
TRS leaders, however, say that the Komatireddy brothers have kept their options open on joining the YSR Congress.
“The main reason for the Congress senior leaders’ hesitation to join the TRS is that Chandrasekhar Rao does not, usually, keep his promise on ticket allotment. If he assures them party ticket, many leaders are ready to quit the Congress and join the TRS,” a senior Congress leader told Express.
As far as the TDP is concerned, the TRS leadership is concentrating on wooing the senior leaders who could win on behalf of the pink party in the ensuing general election. As of now, KCR has succeeded in persuading former minister P Chandrasekhar, once considered a close confidant of N Chandrababu Naidu, from Mahbubnagar district to join the TRS.