HYDERABAD: Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy on Monday asserted that the ‘grand alliance’ by the Opposition would not have any impact on the Congress’ prospects in Telangana as the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS), hitherto perceived as a dominant force in the region, has become ‘non-existent’ now.
The Chief Minister claimed that a major chunk of TRS’ vote-bank shifted to the Praja Rajyam (PR) as the people lost faith in the TRS leadership. “This will benefit the Congress which is set to come back to power again,” he said. Dr. Reddy made these comments during an informal chat with reporters in the Assembly lobbies here.
Voters in constituencies like Husnabad, Nerella and Ramagundam in Karimnagar district, seen as TRS strongholds, moved to PR while the party’s base in other districts was eroding fast, he said. In Nizamabad, for instance, the overall vote share of TRS was around 4.5 per cent, barring Dichpalli where the TRS was expected to give a tough fight.
When reminded about the demand from Congress leaders that party high command announce its decision on Telangana before elections, he said the leadership had clarified that Telangana was very much alive in its thought process.“I don’t express my views on Telangana,” was his reply to repeated queries on his stand on the issue. The Congress was a strong force in Telangana districts, including Khammam where the CPI(M) lost significant ground “thanks to its local MLA from the district”.