A keen fight seems to be on the cards with the ruling TRS, opposition Congress, BJP and other parties in Telangana busy firming up strategies for the Lok Sabha elections, to be held in the state on April 11.
The Telangana Rashtra Samithi is ahead of its rivals in campaigning as its working president K T Rama Rao, son of party president and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, has already addressed party meetings in preparation for the polls.
Claiming that neither the NDA nor UPA is in a position to form the government, post Lok Sabha elections, on their own, Rama Rao has said his party can ensure a better deal for Telangana if it wins 16 out of the total 17 Lok Sabha seats (leaving Hyderabad represented by TRS ally AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi).
As per a revised schedule, Rama Rao will address preparatory meetings on March 13, 15 and 17, TRS sources said Monday.
The TRS president, the party's star campaigner, is also expected to hit the campaign trail soon.
Asserting that his party was ready for the election anytime, TRS MLC Palla Rajeshwar Reddy said, "We are already on the job."
Initial meetings have been completed in almost seven constituencies, he said.
"We are in the thick and thin of the election activity. We are welcoming the dates (election schedule). Our entireelectioneering has started," he said.
The announcement of TRS candidates for the Lok Sabha polls is likely to be made at the time of nominations, he said.
Dismissing TRS' campaign seeking 16 Lok Sabha seats, state Congress president N Uttam Kumar Reddy Monday said the TRS already had 16 seats on its side during 2014-19.
Still, the TRS has failed to realise the promises made to Telangana in the Andhra Pradesh Re-organisation Act, he told reporters.
The Congress is likely to finalise its candidates by March 13, party sources said.
Putting its dismal performance in the Assembly polls behind, BJP is hoping to do well in the Lok Sabha elections.
Though they fought the Assembly polls separately, the CPI and CPI(M) are likely to contest the Lok Sabha elections in alliance.
Kumar said the state election machinery was geared up for the polls.
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