Hyderabad: Two national parties – BJP and Congress – have been colluding in several elections in Telangana State in their attempts to stop TRS on its tracks but in vain, TRS working president and MA&UD Minister KT Rama Rao said on Saturday. “The two parties, in fact, have fielded a joint candidate in Eatala Rajender for the October 30 Huzurabad Assembly constituency by-election,” he said.
“There is a systematic plan between the Congress and BJP to defeat the TRS. This is evident from the fact that Congress garnered a good share of votes in Karimnagar in the Assembly elections but the votes got transferred when it came to the Parliament elections,” he said.
Speaking on the situation in Huzurabad, Rama Rao said Revanth Reddy had so far not campaigned in the constituency. “The electorate can’t even recognise the Congress candidate for Huzurabad bypoll. To top it all, Revanth Reddy and Rajender held a secret meeting at a resort in Hyderabad. Former MP Konda Visweshwar Reddy held discussions with Revanth Reddy and later wrote letters to Huzurabad voters seeking their vote for Rajender,” he said, and wondered: “Is this not part of a larger conspiracy?”
Stating that Rajender will join Congress one year from now since a deal had already been struck, he accused the national parties of also fielding ‘independent’ candidates with symbols that are very similar to the TRS’ car symbol.
On the Election Commission of India’s recent orders, the TRS working president believes that the EC had crossed its line. “The EC should introspect. How can the Commission stop an ongoing programme? We did not make a big issue of it because they can only stop it for 10 days. Honestly, no State government will announce a Rs 1.70 lakh crore programme keeping in mind a single bypoll,” he said.
Rama Rao also took strong objection to the EC order prohibiting political programmes in districts adjacent to poll-bound constituencies. “We find it very amusing. This is not how things work in a democracy,” he said.
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