Congress, TDP to form grand alliance in Telangana, start seat-sharing talks

Congress, TDP to form grand alliance in Telangana, start seat-sharing talks

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Four political parties including the Congress and Chandrababu Naidu’s TDP on Tuesday agreed to form a rainbow coalition against the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi for assembly elections in the state later this year. This is the first time that the TDP, which was set up on an anti-Congress plank in 1982, will team up with the Congress.

Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao had last week avoided simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and the state assembly by recommending dissolution of the state assembly nearly nine months before its term ends.

The election commission hasn’t decided the timing of state polls and its team is in the state to assess the preparedness of the election machinery. It is, however, widely expected that the state would go to polls later this year, possibly around the same time a few other states such as Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, have their state elections.

The early election had nudged opposition parties to fast track talks on forming the coalition.

Apart from the two major parties, the opposition’s grand alliance in Telangana will also comprise the CPI and the mint-fresh Telangana Jana Samithi, the political party set up by the retired Osmania University professor M Kodandaram.

Once a protégé of K Chandrasekhar Rao, the retired professor had, for years, led the Telangana Joint Action Committee which spearheaded the agitation that led to the creatio...

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