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TRS bracing for different post poll scenario ahead of LS results

Press Trust of India  |  Hyderabad 

Ahead of the election results next week, the is hedging its bets and bracing for different post-poll scenario, as it seemingly keeps its options open.

A also said his party expects the to not cross the 100-seats mark.

"If the falls flat and does not cross 100, it does not make sense at all (to join forces with it) as it will not be able to lead (the government)", the said.

Sources said the response would depend on how the BJP and approach the situation in the event of NDA and UPA falling short of the majority mark.

"More importantly, they (BJP and Congress) would want to keep the other out from power," another of led by K Chandrasekhar Rao said.

"Right now, the situation is fluid. Let's see how things shape up. We are keeping a close watch," sources said.

Rao had been pushing the idea of a federal front of non-Congress, non-BJP federal front of regional parties, but sources in the TRS said the party is unsure about the position these outfits would take vis-a-vis government formation.

"Five states (Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Odisha, and Telangana) and six leaders (Mayawati, Akhilesh Yadav, Mamata Banerjee, Naveen Patnaik, Y S Jagan and Rao) hold the key for government formation," a TRS functionary claimed.

"We have to wait and see whether these leaders will be together or choose their own options," he said.

Another said in the event of BJP-led NDA falling short of a majority, YSRCP and BJD may offer outside support to the BJP-led alliance if they have the required numbers.

"Patnaik and Jagan are a little bit insecure in their states and may be looking for help from Government of India", he claimed.

Sources in the TRS said the party has nothing to lose and "is not worried" as it's anyway "sitting pretty" in Telangana after returning to office last December.

But they also said TRS, which is projected to sweep the elections in Telangana, might be pursued by the BJP or the Congress if the party's strength becomes crucial in government formation.

TRS had partnered with Asaduddin Owaisi-led AIMIM for the election, and a said "because of minority, and votes in the State, TRS is not keen to join hands with the BJP".

A TRS Rajya Sabha member also said the "art of coalition has matured in India, and regional outfits coming together to form government is no longer seen as a 'khichdi' by people and parties".

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First Published: Fri, May 17 2019. 17:06 IST