TRS Rules out Support to NDA - The New Indian Express

TRS Rules out Support to NDA

Published: 10th May 2014 09:00 AM

Last Updated: 10th May 2014 09:33 AM

Exuding confidence that his party would form the first government in Telangana, TRS chief K Chandrasekhara Rao on Friday said that he would not mind supporting the Congress at the Centre if its vice-president Rahul Gandhi has a chance of becoming the Prime Minister.

“Our first choice would be the UPA. Then it is Third Front if it emerges in strength. But there is no question of aligning with the NDA,” he said.

Speaking to mediapersons after the party state executive committee meeting at Telangana Bhavan here, Rao said: “I have high regard for Sonia Gandhi and it is because of her initiative that Telangana has happened. I have no objection to support the Congress at the Centre if that helps Rahul Gandhi to become the Prime Minister,” he said.

Chandrasekhara Rao, interestingly, waved an olive branch at Y S Jaganmohan Reddy and said that as both the YSRC and the TRS are going to form governments in the two states “I will have to be on good terms with the chief minister of Andhra since several inter-state issues have to be resolved with him.” Asked about the TRS targeting Jagan ahead of elections, KCR shot back: “Did I criticise Jagan Mohan Reddy?”

He said Jagan was not an untouchable to him. “We have to be on good terms with him just as the way we have to be with CMs of other neighbouring states. Make no mistake about it. Jagan is going to win more than 100 seats and would become the first chief minister of Andhra state,” Rao said. He ruled out Chandrababu Naidu coming to power in Seemandhra. He has lost in both the states. He has already left for Singapore. His position now is: “Na ghar ka, na ghat ka.” Chandrababu Naidu is a gone case, Rao said.

He dismissed as baseless the talk that he was afraid of losing his MLAs to Congress and might hold camps for them from being poached. “This is sheer nonsense. There is no need for me to hold camps. Our Assembly candidates are moving freely,” he said.

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