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The duo discussed TJS's preparedness and strategies for the upcoming elections.

Telangana Jana Samithi (TJS) chief M Kodandaram on Thursday met Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to discuss about TJS's preparedness and strategies for the upcoming elections.

This is Kodandaram's first visit to the national capital after establishing his party in March this year with a "people-centric agenda."

He was in the city to attend senior Congress leader Jaipal Reddy's book launch event, which was on Wednesday.

He has already visited the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government's Mohalla Clinics and lauded Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia for his efforts in transforming Delhi government schools.

In June, when the AAP was struggling with the IAS officers on strike and the Lt. Governor obstructing every work of the Kejriwal government, TJS came out in support of Kejriwal's protest against the centre and LG.

"Telangana Jana Samithi extends support to Arvind Kejriwal's dharna against undue interference by the Lt. Governor in the functioning of the constitutionally elected government leading to the subversion of democratic processes," the TJS chief had tweeted.

It is worth mentioning that AAP leader Somnath Bharati and Swaraj India leader Yogendra Yadav met Kodandaram in April this year and discussed strategies to be adopted for 2019 elections.

In December last year, speculation was rife that he might join the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and lead the party in the state.

However, he dismissed these reports doing the rounds.

Kodandaram, who was also the head of the Telangana Joint Action Committee (TJAC), played an active role in the Telangana struggle for separate statehood.

At the time, he was one of Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s biggest supporters, but has since become a critic of the TRS-led government.

Kodandaram has been subjected to house arrest and taken into police custody several times, ahead of protest meetings. 

The TJAC chief said that he was forced to form a political party as the state government had violated democratic norms with impunity.  

 

IANS inputs