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Congress, TDP and Left parties to contest 2018 Telangana assembly elections together

Tuesday September 11, 2018 11:03 PM, News Network

Congress TDP CPI Alliance Telangana

Hyderabad: The Congress, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and the Communist Party of India (CPI) on Tuesday formed an alliance in the poll bound Telangana.

Soon after announcing the alliance formation, the leaders of the three parties met the Governor and demanded the President's Rule in the state.

"A fair and free elections are not possible if K. Chandrashekar R continues as Chief Minister," they said.

They also said that they will approach the Supreme Court against Telangana being forced into early elections.

K. Chandrashekar Rao, popularly known as KCR, is the caretaker Chief Minister of Telangana since he dissolved the state assembly last week. After announcing dissolution of the Telangana assembly, KCR exuded confidence of retaining power in the state.

"The elections will be held in November and I will become Chief Minister again in December", he said.

His ambitions of retaining power and becoming chief minister for the second term was countered by Akbaruddin Owaisi, AIMIM floor leader in the house.

“KCR says he will become chief minister again in December after the elections which will be held in November. I say November me elections honge aur December me mai khud Chief minister hoonga (Elections will be in November and in December, I will be the next Chief Minister of Telnagana", Akbaruddin Owaisi said.

“If Kumaraswamy can become CM, why not me?” Owaisi reiterated while reminding the gathering his father Sultan Salahuddin Owaisi's words and asking the people to support AIMIM and achieve this target.

Akbaruddin Owaisi was referring to HD Kumaraswamy of Janata Dal (S) who became chief minister of Karnataka even though the Congress and BJP have more members.

AIMIM had 07 MLAs in the dissolved assembly and is expected to win as many seats in the next elections. However, Akbaruddin Owaisi did not elaborate how he plans to secure the top post in the state with the support of just 7-8 MLAs.

The Telangana assembly has a total of 119 seats. The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) had sweeped the 2014 state elections, winning a total of 90 seats. Congress won 13 seats, BJP 05, TDP 03 and CPI(M) just 01 seat.

Meanwhile, with the dissolution of Telangana assembly, the state has swung in poll mode and all parties are gearing up for bitter contests in the coming election. The TRS has already released its first list of 105 candidates. The list, having names of only 02 Muslims, included all sitting MLAs except two.

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