Congress-TDP alliance being reconsidered

By Author  |  Published: 12th Jan 2019  11:22 pm

Hyderabad: Cracks have started appearing in the alliance of Congress and TDP, albeit internally. After the thumping victory of TRS President and Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao in Telangana, leaders from both the parties are busy introspecting their prospects in both Telangana as well as Andhra Pradesh, and are considering to fight the Parliament elections separately. They are reportedly reconsidering their alliance partnership and are likely to announce a decision within next one week.

Both Congress and Telugu Desam parties which contested together in the recent Assembly elections, are showing no signs of contesting together in the upcoming Parliament elections in either Telangana or Andhra Pradesh. While TDP President and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu stated that he will take appropriate decision based on public feedback, AICC President Rahul Gandhi is learnt to have sought more time and is likely to take a decision before January 20. The alliance issue came up for discussion during the recent meeting of the Presidents of Pradesh Congress Committees from 29 States in New Delhi on Thursday. Both the parties want to contest the Lok Sabha polls alone but have a friendly-relationship and jointly fight Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP at the national level.

Though TDP and Congress parties continue to maintain cordial relations, Chandrababu Naidu is learnt to be of the view that any association with the grand-old party in Andhra Pradesh will be detrimental to his party which was founded against the Delhi Raj by the former. Though there is no official word on the future of their alliance, Chandrababu Naidu is learnt to be of the view that the party would contest alone in both the States but would have a friendly relation with Congress leadership in his attempt to join anti-BJP forces.

“Congress is no force in Andhra Pradesh and the alliance too proved to be a futile experiment in Telangana State. Further, an alliance with Congress in Andhra Pradesh will be detrimental to the party especially as the fight with YSR Congress will be a close one. So far, there are no indication of us contesting the polls together with Congress and it is very unlikely,” said a Minister in Andhra Pradesh Cabinet.

The Congress leaders in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana States too were not keen to ally with TDP especially in the wake of Congress winning elections in three States. However, they pointed out that they have no option but to toe the line of the party high command’s decision. A former Minister from Telangana stated that majority of Congress leaders were unable to gel with their TDP counterparts which was evident during the poll campaign of the Assembly elections.

“We failed to convince people that we were friends who were able to run the government smoothly especially after considering drama over seat-sharing. We have been asking our leadership to introspect not to repeat the mistakes. But there has been no response in this regard. However, many leaders have already conveyed to the State leadership as well as the party high command that allying with TDP will be deadly during the Lok Sabha elections,” he added.