Just after two days, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) rejected the proposal to merge itself with Congress, the later moving swiftly to forge grand alliance in Telangana region with TRS and MIM so that to ensure sweep the polls in the region.
Already Congress leadership had indicated to the leadership of these two parties of its intention to have a pre-poll tie-up with them. Though Congress was upset with TRS decision, it started to make use of positive signals sent by its chief K Chandrasekhar Rao by constituting a five-member committee headed by its Secretary General Dr K Keshava Rao to explore scope for alliances. Incidentally, Keshava Rao was the former president of Pradesh Congress Committee and he was rejected elected to Rajya Sabha as TRS candidate with tactic support of Congress, by not fielding candidate against him.
According to sources Dr Keshava Rao is in touch with Congress high-command. AICC state affairs incharge Digvijaya Singh held out an olive branch to the TRS, saying, "We are open for alliance with the TRS." Singhs friendly gesture indirectly asks his party leaders in Telangana to declare a ceasefire with TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao.
Speaking to reporters in Delhi, Singh did not find fault with KCR. Interestingly, he said a committee of Telangana Congress leaders would be set up to look into alliances. This committee will hold talks with the committee of the TRS leaders to finalize tie-ups, he added.
Meanwhile, Congress is also revived its contacts with Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) President Asaduddin Owaisi, who had withdraw support to Congress two years ago protesting against the then Chief Minister NKiran Kumar Reddys style of functioning. PCC President Botsa Satyanarayana held discussions with him on Thursday. On the other hand, even TRS Chief Chandrasekhar Rao is also exploring possibilities of coming into understanding with MIM.
As even TRS is not confident to get majority in Telangana assembly on its own strength, its leadership is also showing interest for tie-up with Congress. Both the parties are now making hectic efforts so that to complete alliance process even for municipal polls, which are slated to be held on March 30.
Incidentally, TRS is week organizationally in urban areas and adverse results in municipal polls will become costly during general elections. So, they are also in hurry to finalize alliances with Congress in a week or so to pave way for contesting together in municipal polls.