Rahul Gandhi attacks K Chandrasekhar Rao’s party, says it only wants power

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Rahul Gandhi attacked the Telangana Rashtra Samithi or TRS for failing to act on its promise to “merge with the Congress after bifurcation” of Andhra Pradesh to create a separate Telangana state was announced.

He also claimed in Mehboobnagar, one of the 10 districts that will make up the new state, “It wouldn’t have been possible to make Telangana without Sonia Gandhi.” Sonia Gandhi is Mr. Gandhi’s mother and party chief.

Mr. Gandhi pitched for a Congress government in the new Telangana state that will be formally born on June 2, saying frontrunner TRS, “makes promises but does not fulfill them… they said a Dalit should be Telangana’s CM. The TRS has forgotten all its promises, it wants only power.”

TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao or KCR, who fronted the campaign for a Telangana state and now aims to be its first Chief Minister, left the Congress high and dry earlier this year, after the ruling party rode rough shod over many of its own lawmakers to push through Parliament the bill that provided for bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. He decided that he would not merge his party with the Congress after all.

But KCR has indicated that he may be open to a partnership after the elections. Assembly elections are being held along with general elections in Andhra Pradesh.

Opinion polls have indicated that KCR is likely to bag the maximum number of the 17 Lok Sabha seats in Telangana, dividends for his fight for a separate Telangana. The Congress, despite claiming credit for pushing for bifurcation, could have to settle for fewer seats than the seven it had from the region last time.