Expressing confidence that the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) would win at least 100 out of the 119 Assembly seats, caretaker CM and party chief K Chandrasekhar Rao said their victory was assured thanks to the infighting within the Mahakutami or grand alliance. Speaking to party workers on Sunday while issuing B forms, KCR said that the alliance partners would not cooperate with each other, thereby ensuring TRS a comfortable win in the December 7 Assembly Election.
According to reports, KCR said that there would be heavy infighting in the Mahakutami between the Congress, TDP, CPI and the Telangana Jana Samithi after they announce their respective candidates. But signs of disgruntlement have already surfaced with Congress workers, who are not hopeful of getting a ticket protesting at Gandhi Bhavan – the party office in Hyderabad - on Monday.
Meanwhile, Telangana Congress chief Uttam Kumar Reddy has left for Delhi on Monday to discuss the crisis in the alliance.
Demanding a party ticket for the Warangal constituency, Congress’ Nayini Rajender Reddy and his supporters locked down the district office on Sunday. Similarly, a faction of Telangana Jana Samithi workers, supporters of Hari Nayak and Nandikanti Sridhar, aspirants from Khanapur and Malkajgiri are on a hunger strike at their office demanding tickets.
Meanwhile, the CPI is reportedly unhappy with the grand alliance, as the Congress has offered only three seats, against their demand of five seats. However, CPI state secretary Chada Venkat Reddy told TNM that they wouldn’t quit the alliance. “How will we leave the alliance when it was us who started this alliance, there is no question of it,” he said. In a bid to convince Venkat Reddy, TJS president Prof Kodandram had met the former at a hotel in Hyderabad on Sunday.
Although the TJS is reportedly unhappy with the constituencies given to them, the party is hopeful of getting winnable seats. The TJS has been offered 8 seats, out of which five constituencies have been confirmed, while three others are yet to be decided. Irrespective of it, the party core team has invited district committee workers to scrutinize candidates for the constituencies and discuss party strategy.
Among the 119 seats, Congress reportedly got 93 seats, 14 for TDP, 8 for TJS, 3 for CPI and 1 for Telangana Inti Party.