TRS, CPI get cosy to take on BJP in Telangana

TRS, CPI get cosy to take on BJP in Telangana

Politicking in full swing to secure Parkal Assembly seat

Even though winning the Parkal Assembly seat will be a cakewalk for the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) given the track record of the party in Warangal district, the epicenter of the Telangana agitation, the party is yet to find a suitable candidate.

The TRS lost to the BJP in the Mahbubnagar segment in the recent by-elections to seven segments in the region considered its own turf.

The Mahbubnaagar victory has not only increased the number of BJP legislators in the state Assembly to two, but also emboldened the party to improve its performance by winning the Parkal election.

Leaving no stones unturned to win the Parkal seat, the TRS has constituted a Selection committee under former MLA and TRS politburo member Nayani Narsimha Reddy and the committee has reportedly  forecast victory to the TRS with over 65 per cent of votes. The committee which gathered responses from a sample of 1000, found 650 in favour of the TRS, 234 for the BJP followed by the Congress and the TDP.

On the other hand the CPI decision to support the TRS in the Parkal by-election has been viewed as a strategic alliance between the two parties for the 2014 general elections. Unlike the CPM which says no to division of the state, the CPI hopes to benefit its alliance with the TRS in Khammam, Nalgonda and Warangal districts in the general elections.

“The CPI’s move is to prevent the BJP from becoming stronger in Telangana. Naturally TRS is wary of a resurgent BJP as the saffron party has considerable clout in the region,” Konda Surekha, former Parkal MLA said.

The CPI might opt for Bhupalpally segment of Warangal district in the 2014 elections. Bhupalpalli is like Singareni coal belt with large chunk of coal workers and the AITUS is quite strong there.

However, the TRS and BJP were warned by the Telangana employees unions to support a single candidate in the upcoming by-election in Parkal.

“The BJP candidate won the Mahbubnagar elections  because the Telangana vote was split. Hereafter, we would like only one Telangana candidate to contest in any election,” a Telangana Joint Action Committee leader said.

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