Hyderabad: IT and Industries Minister KT Rama Rao has dismissed the Congress-led Mahakutami as an alliance which has no fundamental basis on which the parties can come together.
“It is an opportunistic alliance and the people of Telangana don’t see any logic in their coming together. The Congress has shot itself on its foot and this is going to cost it dearly,” the Minister said, in an interview to a national television channel.
On going alone against the Mahakutami and advancing the Assembly election, Rama Rao was emphatic in his reply stating that in the 2014 election too, the TRS had contested on its own and won by a simple majority. “In the last four years, the TRS has won all elections extremely convincingly, particularly in the GHMC elections which is considered a mini election of sorts,” he said, adding that about seven surveys conducted in the past two months had predicted two-thirds majority for the party in the coming Assembly elections.
On the federal front, particularly in view of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s efforts to cobble up an anti-Modi bloc, Rama Rao said: “What Naidu and others are doing now is not our concern. We are hoping that TRS will win the election convincingly and then start focusing on national politics. We will make our moves after December 11.”
On national parties
Stating that the TRS’ stand was clear that both the national parties had failed the nation, he said: “We sincerely want more powers to the States, a more federal approach and not just lip sympathy.” If India had to grow as a country and emerge as a strong nation, States had to be empowered, he added.
Asked if there would be another attempt post December, the Minister categorically stated that Chief Minister and TRS president K Chandrashekhar Rao was clear that the country needs more and stronger regional parties which can come together and usher in true federal spirit. “A strong nation can emerge only through such a combination,” he said.
To a question on who would be with the federal front, Rama Rao said there isn’t a bipolar kind of situation in the country where it’s just the NDA or the UPA. “There will a third alternative that will come up, a coalition of like-minded parties. There is still a long way to go for the 2019 elections. We are completely focused on the State elections now and you will see a lot of change happening in January and February,” he said.
Naidu facing extinction in TS
On Naidu’s moves in Telangana, the Minister said: “Desperate times call for desperate measures. Naidu is facing an extinction threat in Telangana and is trying to retain at least a seat or two through the alliance. He knows for a fact that his party (TDP) will be decimated in the coming elections.”