Hyderabad: TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao
is mulling a proposal to campaign in non-Telangana regions in
Andhra Pradesh in the bypolls scheduled to be held on March
"Andhra Rashtra Praja Samiti, a newly-registered party
that is supporting separate Andhra state minus Telangana, has
invited me to campaign for it in the bypoll for Kovur assembly
seat in coastal Andhra region," he told reporters here on Sunday.
A decision on the proposal would be taken after
discussing with the party, he said.
Rao, who often accuses the non-Telangana region of
exploiting and deceiving Telangana, never visited the region
after the separate statehood agitation gained momentum.
Stating that people of non-Telangana region would never
vote for TRS, he wondered why should Telangana people vote for
parties like TDP and Congress, which have presence all over
There is an argument within TRS to make this point by
fielding candidates in non-Telangana regions, he said.
Meanwhile, the TRS president hit out at TDP president N
Chandrababu Naidu and the party leaders for certain comments
reportedly made against him.
"The TDP leaders are making baseless allegations against
me in a desperate bid to see that the TRS does not win all the
seats in Telangana, where bypolls are scheduled," he said.
"The Centre may act with speed and take a decision on the
Telangana issue if TRS wins all the six seats in Telangana.
The TDP leaders do not want that to happen," Rao said.
The bypolls are necessitated due to resignation of
sitting MLAs in five seats in support of separate Telangana
and death of the sitting MLA in another seat (Mahabubnagar).
In Kovur, the bypoll is necessitated due to the
resignation of sitting TDP MLA in support of Kadapa MP YS
Jagan Mohan Reddy.
Senior TDP leader T Srinivasa Yadav later dismissed the
allegations of the TRS president against Naidu.
Meanwhile, the ruling Congress had a reason to smile over
the bypoll for Mahabubnagar assembly segment with the wife of
Rajeswara Reddy, whose death necessitated the election,
deciding not to enter the fray as an independent.
State Information Minister DK Aruna, who hails from
Mahabubnagar district, said Rajeswara Reddy`s wife
Vijayalakshmi would not contest the bypolls as planned