The grand old party (Congress) made it clear that it is going to contest both Assembly elections and Lok Sabha elections all alone in Andhra Pradesh . Earlier, it was speculated that Congress will make an alliance with the ruling Telugu Desam Party.
According to a report by news agency PTI, All India Congress Committee general secretary Oommen Chandy talked to the media about Congress’ stand in upcoming elections in Telangana and Centre. He said, “We will contest all 175 Assembly and 25 Lok Sabha seats alone. The TDP allied with us only at the national level, so we will have no truck [with it] in the state.”
Oommen Chandy, who was once the chief minister of Kerala, also said that the party officials of the state are going to meet again on the last day of January to discuss poll strategies and preparations.
Congress is planning to organise a bus rally in all 13 districts in the upcoming month.
He also welcomed the much-talked appointment of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra as the Congress’ general secretary of East Uttar Pradesh. Welcoming the move of the young leader, he said, “An intelligent and daring leader like Priyanka is essential in national politics. The country also wishes that Rahul Gandhi becomes the Prime Minister.”
Congress seems to be in high confidence in the upcoming elections, as it is not making an alliance with SP-BSP in Uttar Pradesh either. SP and BSP announced just a week ago that they are not going to include Congress in their coalition.
Telugu Desam Party and Congress have relations going back to the last elections in Telangana where Congress won 19 seats as against 21 in 2014, the Telugu Desam Party won two seats.
Party workers of Telugu Desam Party don’t seem to be affected by the move. Some ground level party workers told to News18 that they are happy that TDP is not making an alliance with Congress, because nonetheless, Congress was not in a position to help them win.