The Congress in Andhra Pradesh is blaming the Telugu Desam Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party equally for betraying the people by denying special category status and other bifurcation benefits. Though there are talks about the Congress and TDP having alliance for the next elections, some Congress leaders are hitting at the TDP.
AICC general secretary and incharge of AP affairs, Oommen Chandy, has said the Congress will field candidates in all Assembly and Parliamentary constituencies of the State in the next general elections.
Chandy, who visited Kurnool the other day, ahead of the AICC president Rahul Gandhi’s meeting here which is scheduled for September 18, made it clear that the Congress would not join hands with any political party in the State in the next polls, adding its alliance is with the people. “The Congress is committed to giving special category status to the State once it forms government at the Centre. The focus is to strengthen the party from the booth level in the State,” he said.
Targeting the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre and the TDP regime in the State, Chandy alleged that they were cheating people by making false promises. “The BJP and the TDP have failed to fulfil their poll promises. The people are suffering due to the undemocratic attitude of Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” he said.
Claiming that only the Congress can ensure development of the State, APCC chief Raghuveera Reddy said Rahul Gandhi would first sign on the file of granting SCS to AP after assuming charge as Prime Minister.
Majority of the Congress leaders in AP are not ready for alliance with the TDP as that would further bring down their vote share. These Congress leaders are in favour of having alliance with Jana Sena and the Left parties. In fact, they have already communicated their feelings to the party high command. However, the high command’s calculations are different as Rahul Gandhi looks at the national interests.