Cong pushes hard for TRS tie-up in AP

The Congress central leadership is making all-out efforts to keep the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) allied with it for the upcoming elections in Andhra Pradesh, even as many AP unit leaders of the grand old party have not in favour of the move.

After consistently wooing the regional party since its refusal to merge earlier this week, the Congress has now managed to convince the TRS leadership to discuss the possibility of a pre-poll alliance to ensure that it reaps the electoral dividend of the carving out of the Telangana state.

TRS leader Keshav Rao is likely to visit the national capital to hold talks with Congress leaders early next week on the issue of forging a pre-poll alliance. Rao will head a committee of senior TRS leaders appointed by the party to take a call on the Congress’ proposal.

“I am in touch with Keshav Rao. He is likely to come to Delhi on Monday,” All India Congress Committee in-charge of Andhra Pradesh Digvijay Singh told reporters here on Saturday.

While the Congress is hoping to bring the TRS on board, its leaders in Andhra Pradesh were reported to be against the move. In a letter to the high command against, a section of Congress leaders in Andhra Pradesh has suggested that the party could contest the upcoming polls on its own.

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