There are no permanent friends and foes in politics. The relationship between the parties and the leaders is only to get power or stay in power. The equations are strongly limited to power and they move around that point.
Truly following this point, the Congress leadership is now trying to woo some regional parties ahead of the May 23 counting. The party, which is working hard with the agenda of defeating Prime Minister Narendra Modi and making Rahul Gandhi, the next prime minister, is now looking at the regional parties for support in the post-poll scenario.
In this context, the Congress leaders are trying to establish contact with Telangana Rastra Samithi in Telangana and YSR Congress in Andhra Pradesh. While the TRS is in power in Telangana and is aiming at winning 16 out of 17 MP seats, the YSR Congress is projected for a big win with 22 MP seats out of 25 in the State. These numbers are too attractive for a leader who is aspiring for the prime minister post. Accordingly, the Congress leaders are trying to reach out to the TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao and YSR Congress chief Jaganmohan Reddy.
Both the TRS and the YSR Congress are opposed to the Congress for different reasons. Though the Congress had given Telangana State as demanded by the TRS, the relationship strained for reasons not known, the TRS moved away from the Congress and is fighting tough battle with the party in Telangana. The Congress has remained a strong opposition to the TRS in the State at one point, it was believed that the Congress would win the 2018 Assembly election. However, now the Congress top leadership is trying to please the TRS to back Rahul Gandhi as the next prime minister candidate.
The Congress is also looking towards the YSR Congress. Jaganmohan Reddy, who deferred with the Congress and started his own outfit in 2010, had recently said that he had excused the Congress for its witch-hunt on him. It was the Congress which had booked CBI and ED cases against Jagan and sent him to jail for 16 months. Now, as Jaganmohan Reddy is predicted to win a good number of MP seats, the Congress leadership is making all out efforts to reach out to this young leader.
It is to be seen how far the Congress would be able to manage and get the support from these two parties once the counting is done on May 23.