Congress, TDP And CPI Form Grand Alliance In Telangana, Demand President's Rule

| September 12 , 2018 , 08:54 IST

The Congress, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and the Communist Party of India (CPI) in Telangana on Tuesday night have come together to form a grand alliance, to take on the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) in the upcoming Telangana Assembly elections.

The parties have also demanded President's rule in the state, to replace 'acting' Chief Minister TRS's K. Chandrasekhar Rao, who was Telangana's official chief minister before he and his TRS party dissolved the state assembly on September 6.

To put forward the demand for President's rule, senior political leaders from 4 Opposition parties, TDP, the Congress, the Telangana Jana Samithi (TJS) and the CPI met with Governor ESL Narasimhan on Tuesday.

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Former TDP legislator R Chandrasekar Reddy said, "Our delegation met the governor today and said the present caretaker government is violating both constitution and the democratic norms. The caretaker chief minister has also superimposed his authority over the election commission of India and announced the schedule of the elections, which is unheard of."

He added, "So we requested the governor to impose the president rule and take over the administration of the state to ensure free and fair polls in the state".

According to R C Khuntia, the AICC-in-charge of Congress affairs in Telangana, the alliance is still in the preliminary stage.

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"This is only the preliminary stage. We have not discussed seat sharing. But we are formulating a broad-based alliance, including the TDP also, on the basis of the Common Minimum Programme," said Khuntia.

The alliance marks the first time in TDP's 35-year-old history that it is joining hands with the Congress party in a state.

On September 6, at the request of the K. Chandrasekhar Rao-led cabinet, Governor ESL Narasimhan had dissolved the state assembly, but asked Rao to continue as caretaker Chief Minister until the next government was formed. The TRS assembly in Telangana was reportedly dissolved as the party wanted to avoid a clash between the state elections and the Lok Sabha elections as both were scheduled for 2019.