Hyderabad: IT and Industries Minister K T Rama Rao firmly believes that neither the BJP nor the Congress will be in the driver’s seat in New Delhi after the 2019 general elections.
“Both the national parties have failed the nation. Even 71 years after independence, there are several issues plaguing the villages in the country and several problems are yet to be resolved,” the Minister said in a candid interview to a national television channel.
Rama Rao was categorical in clearing the air about the perceived ‘leaning’ of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi towards the BJP stating there was no way the ideologies of the two parties would allow them to come together. “We have a different worldview on the country and the State and there is no way we can work together.”
Pointing out that the TRS was an independent party with no liking for either the BJP or the Congress, he said: “To accuse us and speculate that we are going to sail with the BJP is nothing but humbug. You will see our efforts to bring in a viable alternative (to both NDA and UPA) after December 11,” he said.
Asserting that the TRS would play an important role in New Delhi after the general elections, Rama Rao said: “We will sweep the upcoming Assembly election in the State and win 15 Lok Sabha seats in the general elections.”
“There are several parties that think like us and agree with us that true cooperative federalism means empowering States. A few regional parties coming together can certainly dictate who is going to take control in New Delhi after April, 2019,” he said.