After Congress leaders Vijayashanti and Komatireddy blamed the alliance with the TDP for the drubbing in the Telangana Assembly Elections, senior leader DK Aruna is the latest to blame Chandrababu Naidu for the loss. Addressing the media at her farmhouse in Gandipet post the review meeting of the Congress' performance in the state elections, Aruna said that before the polls she had expressed to Congress leaders that the alliance with TDP would not benefit in all the districts.
"I had expressed before the elections that in a few places where the TDP had stronghold with strong cadre in those districts there would be some benefit, but the alliance across the state would be detrimental." "This alliance (with TDP) had a direct impact in a few districts and this shall be conveyed to the high command," she added.
Besides, she was also of the opinion that the Congress should contest independently in the Lok Sabha Elections by quitting the People's Front coalition comprising TDP, TJS and CPI. The former minister, however, added that the alliance with TDP wasn't the sole reason for the Congress' humiliating defeat. She expressed doubts over the Congress' loss in Mahabubnagar.
DK Aruna had unsuccessfully contested from the Gadwal seat in the 2018 Assembly Elections, losing to her nephew Bandla Krishna Mohan Reddy, who had contested on a TRS ticket. While Krishna Mohan secured 1,00,415 votes, Aruna managed to get only 72,155 votes.
On Saturday, another Congress leader, Komatireddy Venkatreddy also blamed the alliance of People's Front, and Chandrababu Naidu for the loss. Reddy said that the Congress would have won at least 40-45 seats if they had contested alone. Like Aruna, Reddy who was the sitting MLA, lost his seat in the December polls. With strong opposition to the coalition from the senior Congress leaders, it is to be seen if the Congress high command would favour an alliance or decide to go independently in the Lok Sabha elections.
Telangana Jana Samithi chief Kodandram had earlier said that the alliance of People's Front is intact and they would contest the Lok Sabha Elections in an alliance.
Meanwhile, the Congress party has suspended former MP Sarvey Satyanarayana on Sunday for abusing TPCC chief Uttam Kumar Reddy and Telangana election in-charge RC Khuntia.