Telangana polls: Ditching Owaisi? Yeh dosti nahi chhodenge, TRS tells BJP

Exit polls show caretaker CM KCR-led TRS storming back to power with an impressive margin in Telangana.

K Chandrashekar Rao-led Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) on Sunday declined the alliance offer of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) saying that the party will “stick by” its “friends”.

Senior leader Abid Rasool Khan, who resigned from the Congress in November to join the TRS, said, “We believe in keeping our promises. Will stick by our friends. No chance of allying with the BJP.”

Just two days before the Telangana assembly election results, the BJP had said that it is ready to extend support to the TRS if it drops Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM.

“We will support the TRS if it drops AIMIM and seeks our support publicly,” BJP state president K Laxman said. The party has also claimed the no one will be able to form a government in the state without the support of the BJP.

In the morning, the Congress had also claimed that the TRS was always the plan B for the BJP which is why Prime Minister Narendra Modi never said anything against Chandrashekar Rao or his party during the election campaign.

The suggestion of post-poll alliance from the BJP had come after the exit polls showed the TRS storming back to power with an impressive margin in Telangana.

India Today Axis My India exit poll predicts that KCR is likely to win 79 to 91 seats in the 119-member house. The alliance between the Congress and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu’s Telegu Desam Party (TDP) is expected to win just 21-33 seats in the Telangana assembly election, voting for which was held on December 7.

However, the BJP is projected to get just one to three seats, while the AIMIM will win anything between four and seven seats.

TRS chief KCR had dissolved the assembly on September 6 paving way for an early election in the state which was earlier scheduled to be held in 2019.

This is the first assembly election that the state is facing after it was carved out of Andhra Pradesh in 2014. The result will be announced on December 11.

Source: India Today