Kodandaram, leader of the Telangana Jana Samithi (TJS) has met with Congress President Rahul Gandhi and asked that his party be allowed to contest 17 of the 119 seats in the upcoming Telangana Assembly polls in December, as opposed to the announcement made by President of the Telangana unit of the Congress, Uttam Kumar Reddy, who had said that 10 seats would be split between the TJS and the Communist Party of India (CPI).
Kondandaram is the former leader of the Telangana Joint Action Committee that was instrumental in the state achieving its creation, but having fallen out with Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leader and the state’s first Chief Minister, K. Chandrashekhar Rao, he converted this body into a political party. He met with Rahul Gandhi to assure him that while he felt that the TJS was strong in at least 15 constituencies, it was looking to field candidates for only 17 of these where it felt it had the best chance of success.
Speaking to media persons following the meeting, he said that he urged the Congress President to formalize the alliance between the parties and to declare the final seat sharing arrangements, saying that not doing so at the earliest may impact the alliance as it stands in unnecessarily negative ways. So far, no word has been received from the Congress high command in New Delhi. However, as the December 7 assembly polls a little over a month away, and with campaigning by the TRS and others in full swing, this meeting of allies comes at the last possible minute.