Hyderabad: Even as the main opposition Congress party is gearing up to announce the party candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, the issue of grand alliance has come to fore.
Although, the congress party has announced that it would discuss the issue of continuation of the alliance in the state in the days to come, the other partners of the grand alliance like CPI and Telangana Jana Samithi (TJS) have begun the internal discussions on the issue. The other alliance partner TDP has not yet taken any concrete step on the issue.
In an exclusive interview to this Correspondent, the TJS President Prof. Kodandaram said that the grand alliance was still in existence. He said that none of the alliance partners had so far made any official statement about the discontinuation of the grand alliance. Responding to a question weather the party would contest the upcoming elections or not, he made it clear that they were inclined to contest the elections while refuting the reports that the parry might withdraw from the poll fray and would instead focus on strengthening the organisational structure of the party. He, However, hastened to state that the party would take a final call on the issue after holding an internal meeting. The meeting is expected to be held during the next couple of days. “We will discuss in detail on all the issues related to the elections. We have plans to contest the elections but a final call will be taken after our internal meeting. We will also look at the possibilities that may arise if we prefer to stay away from the elections and campaign for the other partners of the grand alliance,” he said.
Kodandaram felt that early decision on contesting the elections as grand alliance would help them win more number of seats in the elections. On the other hand, he said that the left party CPI has already announced that it would either contest the elections from Khammam MP seat or Bhongir MP seat. The TDP is likely to spell out its stand on the issue in the next couple of days.