TRS lodges its candidates to avoid horse-trading

May 15th, 2009 - 7:52 pm ICT by ANI  

Hyderabad, May 15 (ANI): In a bid to prevent horse-trading of its candidates, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) on Thursday lodged all its candidates and leaders at the party headquarters in Hyderabad.

All nine Lok Sabha and 45 assembly candidates would stay put at the Telangana Bhavan for the next couple of days, as the party fears of poaching of its candidates by other parties and alliances.

The TRS, which fought the assembly elections in alliance with the Third Front, has recently announced its support for the National Democratic Alliance.

Accusing the Congress Party of betrayal, senior TRS leader N Narasimha Reddy said his party has decided to support the NDA because it has committed to carve out a separate Telangana state from Andhra Pradesh within 100 days of coming into power.

“We want the NDA to come to power as it has promised us that within 100 days of coming to power it will give us Telangana state. The UPA has betrayed us and kept us on hook for five years. To beat the UPA, we have formed a grand alliance,” Reddy said.

K Chandrashekhar Rao-led TRS is keeping its cards close till the declaration of the Lok Sabha results. If the NDA comes to power, the TRS has decided to ask them to pass the Telangana resolution in the first assembly session.

“We will wait till tomorrow when the results will be declared and after that whoever forms the government and if NDA, then our demand is that they must pass the Telangana resolution in the first assembly session,” added N Narasimha Reddy.

TRS, which fought the assembly elections in alliance with regional Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and the two Left parties, may also play a crucial role in the formation of the new state government.

Despite these two tie-ups, the TRS switched its support to the NDA and snapped its ties with the Third Front last week. (ANI)

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