Congress to Keep 90 Seats in Telangana, Leave 29 for Allies TDP, Left in Bid to Defeat KCR Of the 119 seats in the state assembly, the Congress is likely to contest on 90, leaving the emaining
20 for its alliance partners.
New Delhi: The Congress has finalised a seat-sharing arrangement with the TDP and Left parties in
Telangana to challenge the K Chandrashekar Rao-led TRS, party insiders said. Of the 119 seats in the
state assembly, the Congress is likely to contest on 90, leaving 29 for its alliance partners.
After the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, the TDP has considerably weakened in Telangana but still has
pockets on influence. Left parties, especially the CPI, also have areas of influence scattered over the
The TDP and Congress have been traditional adversaries in the bi-polar polity of undivided Andhra
Pradesh. However, the grand old party now has little presence in the state, with YRS Congress led by
Jagan Mohan Reddy emerging as the main challenger to Chandra Babu Naidu.
The term of the current assembly was to expire in May next year, but chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao
recommended its dissolution earlier this month to seek a fresh mandate.
The Congress, TDP and Left parties met Telangana governor ESL Narsimhan on Tuesday and urged him to
take steps to ensure that President’s Rule was imposed in the state in the run-up to assembly polls.
They also sought action against the caretaker chief minister, alleging that he was abusing his power
and acting in an illegal and unconstitutional manner after the dissolution of the state assembly. The
three parties, which have reached an understanding on forming an electoral alliance to fight the
upcoming assembly elections together, said KCR’s “illegal” conduct was helping his own party ahead of
“Even if KCR is caretaker CM, free and fair polls will not be possible in Telangana. We demanded that
elections be conducted after imposing President’s Rule,” Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC)
president N Uttam Kumar Reddy said.
TDP’s Telangana unit president L Ramana, CPI state secretary Chada Venkata Reddy, Telangana Jana
Samithi (TJS) leader M Kodandaram were among the leaders who met the governor. They also submitted a
memorandum to him, highlighting three counts of “interference” by the caretaker government, starting
with the appointment of 12 advisers who are not needed anymore. The administration is still paying them
salaries and allowances, they said.
“In the same manner, members of the planning board continue to enjoy the powers of the government.
Moreover, some MLAs are given cabinet rank and are chairmen of different corporations. Some of these
chairmen are also contesting on a TRS ticket. This is illegal and unconstitutional,” the letter read.
They added that these “undemocratic actions” amount to interference into institutions and financial
aspects of the governance, which can influence voters.
The Election Commission is currently gauging the earliest date at which elections can be held and has
asked the state’s chief election officer to assess poll preparedness.