Telangana polls: Cong-led alliance to announce CMP soon

A view of the Telangana Assembly.

The "Grand Alliance" of four parties - Congress, Telugu Desam Party (TDP), CPI and Telangana Jana Samithi (TJS) - would soon come up with a Common Minimum Programme for the ensuing Assembly elections in Telangana.

The alliance partners have also to come up with a list of candidates for their respective parties.

The CMP of the alliance (Mahakutami) will be posted on the respective party websites to elicit public opinion within the next three to four days.

The suggestions will be then be put for discussion within the party for a final decision. The alliance partners hope that they will be able to work out a model to steer the Mahakutami through the election and thereafter.

However, a recent meeting concluded without any decision on the seat-sharing arrangement. It has been decided that each party would come up with a list of candidates and the constituency where he/she is sure of winning.

“There is no hurry to announce the list of candidates as elections could be somewhere in December. This would lead to unnecessary debate and bad blood in the cadre,” Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee chief Capt Uttam Kumar Reddy said. Capt Uttam is also hopeful of roping in many more parties into the alliance.

“Name of the alliance and the CMP will be decided soon. The CMP from the TJS will be sympathetic towards the Telangana agitation martyrs. The families of those who sacrificed their lives for Telangana needs a healing touch,” Professor Kodandaram said.

Kodandaram, the former chairman of TJAC (Telangana Joint Action Committee), has announced that the TJS will embark on a weeklong “Poru Yatra” from October 3 from Medak.

On the other hand, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) is concentrating on highlighting the alleged “unholy” alliance between the Congress and the TDP.

“Both the Congress and the TDP were enemies of Telangana. Voting for alliance means that you are handing over the keys of Telangana in the hands of Amaravati,” state IT minister K Taraka Rama Rao said at a public meeting.

The TRS will begin issuing constituency-wise progress reports, a process started by party chief K Chandrasekhar Rao, from October 2 at Kongarkalan.

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