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Jaipal Reddy claims TRS, BJP have a tacit alliance

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Published : Nov 5, 2018, 5:10 am IST
Updated : Nov 5, 2018, 5:36 am IST

Reddy said, the Congress’ alliance with Chandra-babu Naidu-led TDP had been firmed up, while talks were on with CPI and TJS.

S. Jaipal Reddy
 S. Jaipal Reddy

New Delhi: Alleging a “more than tacit” alliance between Telangana’s ruling party TRS and the BJP, senior Congress leader S. Jaipal Reddy on Sunday said that the two parties could eventually join hands after the assembly polls.

Mr Reddy, who is seen as one of the tallest Congress leaders in the poll-bound state, also categorically ruled himself out of the chief ministerial race saying he was on the wrong side of age and won’t even fight the assembly elections.

In an interview to PTI, the former Union minister dismissed as “outdated” the opinion polls predicting a victory for Telangana chief minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, popularly known as KCR, saying there was a “silent wave” and a “fairly massive undercurrent” in favour of the Congress.

 The Congress, Telugu Desam Party (TDP), Telangana Jana Samithi (TJS) and the Communist Party of India (CPI), have decided to forge an alliance for the December 7 elections and are currently engaged in seat-sharing talks.

He said, the Congress’ alliance with Chandra-babu Naidu-led TDP had been firmed up, while talks were on with CPI and TJS.

Mr Reddy alleged, “There is a perfect understanding already between (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi and KCR”.

Asked if there was a possibility of the Telangana Rashtriya Samiti (TRS) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) joining hands after the elections, he said, “100 per cent there is a possibility because there is no question of KCR getting 50 per cent seats this time and now given the fact the BJP also can get 6-7 seats on its own in Telangana, he may rush to BJP and AIMIM both, which will present a very odd picture.”

“In that situation, I hope AIMIM will shrink in horror,” he said.

Asked if he was suggesting a tacit alliance between the TRS and the BJP, Mr Reddy said “an alliance (between the two) from the perspective of Telangana voters is almost open, it is more than tacit”.

On KCR calling Rahul Gandhi a “buffoon” along with a persistent attack on the Congress, Reddy said by using such strong words, the chief minister merely wants to sound confident, when he is not.

“I think KCR is getting nervous. I don’t think he is very happy about his own decision to hasten the polls,” Reddy said.

KCR’s decision to go in for the assembly polls ahead of the scheduled time has been seen in some quarters as his confidence, while others see the same as an attempt to avoid fighting state polls along with the general elections next year when the BJP is expected to put up a nationwide fight with Prime Minister Modi as its mascot.

KCR is also seen as looking to cash in on a situation where many believe there is no strong leader in the state among opposition parties.

Asked if he was among the front-runners in the Congress to be chief ministerial candidate in the state, 76-year-old Reddy said, “No, I am not a runner at all, forget about being a front-runner. I may have my image, but I am on the wrong side of my age. I appreciate my limitations, apart from my physical problems.”

On whether AIMIM would cut into the Congress’ vote share, he said Asaduddin Owaisi was a “considerable force” in the old city of Hyderabad and the AIMIM will get their assembly seats, but asserted that it won’t cut into the Congress’s base in the rural areas or in the new city of Hyderabad.

Reddy also claimed that the Owaisi brothers were not “exerting themselves too much” in the assembly polls for 119 assembly seats.

“I am confident the alliance led by the Congress party in Telangana will win the polls,” he said, adding that there is a “tremendous” amount of anti-incumbency against the KCR-led government.

Asked about the TRS and BJP’s criticism calling the Congress and TDP an opportunistic alliance, Reddy said comparing the position

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