Telangana election: Congress, TDP, Left form grand alliance

New Delhi: Telangana’s three opposition parties – the Congress, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and the Communist of India (CPI) – on Tuesday announced the formation of a grand alliance, with the objective of defeating the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) in the upcoming assembly elections.

However, the exact contours of the alliance – named as “Maha Kootami” – are still a work in progress.

This is the first instance that the TDP, which was founded on an anti-Congress plank in 1982, will come together with the grand old party. The CPI has allied with both the parties in the past.

On Tuesday, the heads from the three opposition parties in Telangana, Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) president Captain N Uttam Kumar Reddy, Telangana TDP president L Ramana and CPI state secretary Chada Venkat Reddy, along with other leaders from their parties, discussed the alliance at a hotel in the city’s Banjara Hills area for nearly four hours.

“We have decided in principle to form into a grand alliance or Maha Kootami for the coming elections. We are working out the modalities for the same. We are also trying to rope in other like-minded parties like Telangana Jana Samithi and CPI (M) into the alliance,” the PCC president was quoted as saying by a leading daily.

Naidu approved of Congress

  • After long-time speculations about a possible alliance between the Congress and the TDP, the two parties finally sat at the negotiation table on Tuesday.
  • The talks followed a series of discussions the Telangana TDP leaders had with party president and Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu during his visit to Hyderabad on September 8 and 9.
  • He directed them to form an alliance with the Congress in Telangana to prevent splitting of anti-establishment votes, but left it to the Telangana TDP leaders to arrive at a seat-sharing formula.