TRS To Support BJP In Presidential Poll

While Congress president Sonia Gandhi swung in action to mobilise the opposition parties to put up a joint candidate in the forthcoming Presidential elections, the TRS spoke of supporting NDA candidate.

Hyderabad:  The Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS), which is considered a neutral party by political analysts as it maintains equidistance from UPA and NDA, finally decided whom to support in the Presidential elections.

As the Presidential elections are fast approaching, TRS claimed that it will support the candidate put up by ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) if it works in favour of their State.

Since the tenure of present President Pranab Mukherjee will end this July, all political parties swung into action to place their choice in the seat.

As the Opposition parties are putting efforts to put up a joint candidate for the presidential elections, TRS too quickly decided and made an offer to the Central government. But it also warned that it will not hesitate to turn against the government if it did not work for Telangana’s welfare.

Expressing his views, TRS MP Jitender Reddy said that “if it does good for the Centre and also for our State, we will definitely support the government.”

As all the opposition parties were rejected by people in the Assembly elections held recently, it took time for the parties to chalk out a strategy to fight against BJP. BSP chief Mayawati announced her support to Mahaghatbandhan consisting of all anti-BJP parties if it is formed. Akhilesh too supported it. Now, reports say that Congress president Sonia Gandhi will be meeting BSP supremo Mayawati, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee and DMK working president MK Stalin.

Though there were some noises about the formation of Mahagahatbandhan to stop the BJP juggernaut, nothing solid has happened till now. Congress president who was away from the political scene much before the Assembly elections decided to bring all like-minded parties together. She started meeting various heads of parties. Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi spoke to Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav, while Sonia spoke to Mulayam Singh and Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Yadav.

Discussions were held between NCP chief Sharad Pawar and Sonia Gandhi about putting up a joint opposition candidate.

Congress president who swung into action already held meetings with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury and CPI leader D Raja regarding the issue.

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