TRS rejects reports of merger with Congress

Political circles were abuzz here today over media reports that TRS would be merged with Congress as a quid pro quo for formation of separate Telangana.

Last Updated: Mar 23, 2011, 00:28 AM IST

Hyderabad: Political circles were abuzz
here today over media reports that TRS would be merged with
Congress as a quid pro quo for formation of separate
Telangana.

The reports were, however, rejected angrily by TRS
leaders, including party President K Chandrasekhar Rao, who
said there is absolutely no question of merger of the regional
outfit with the ruling Congress.

The reports quoted Chandrasekhar Rao as having said in
a meeting with some Multi System Operators (MSO) yesterday
that Congress wants merger of TRS with it in return for
Telangana formation.

The Centre is likely to take a call on the Telangana
issue in June, the reports said.

"The reports are 100 per cent false and the TRS would
remain as an independent party even after the formation of
Telangana state," TRS MLA and Chandrasekhar Rao`s nephew T
Harish Rao said.

TRS Politburo member N Narasimha Reddy alleged that
some channels were spreading misinformation about the party as
per a conspiracy to defame Chandrasekhar Rao.

Asserting that the reports of merger with Congress
were "totally false", Chandrasekhar Rao made an appeal to the
media not to spread incorrect stories.

However, this is not the first time that reports of
merger of TRS with Congress have surfaced. Responding to the
comments of a Congress MP at a meeting few months ago, the TRS
President had indicated that he is ready for the merger.

He had said he is ready to wash the feet of Congress
chief Sonia Gandhi for formation of separate Telangana. He,
however, later said the media had misquoted him.

PTI