Fight between us, BJP not in picture, say TRS and Cong

13 Nov 2018

In poll-bound Telangana, the ruling TRS and the Congress-led opposition alliance claim that it is going to be a straight fight between them and that the BJP is not in the reckoning.
The saffron party, on the other hand, claims that the southern state is staring at a hung verdict, indicating that it will emerge as a kingmaker. "They (BJP) had five seats (in the dissolved Assembly). They may get one or two this time," All India Congress Committee (AICC) in-charge of Telangana affairs R C Khuntia told news agency PTI. Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leader and a key minister in the caretaker government, K T Rama Rao, son of party supremo K Chandrasekhar Rao, echoed a similar view.
"The Congress is our main rival. The BJP does not exist in Telangana," Rao said. Rama Rao claimed that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidates would forfeit their deposits in more than 100 seats (of the 119 in the state) and "not even one MLA in the just-dissolved House will return". TRS floor leader in the Lok Sabha A P Jithender Reddy said it would be "great" for the BJP if it succeeded in retaining its five seats and claimed that the Amit Shah-led party was even finding it difficult to get candidates for the December 7 polls. Khuntia said the people of Telangana were looking at a contest between the Congress-led alliance and the TRS.
"There is no in-between. Neither the BJP nor the smaller parties can create confidence among the people that they can form the government. The fight is between the Congress-led alliance and the TRS," he added. But the saffron party is looking at the scenario differently.