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TRS rules out any truck with Congress

May 15, 2009 16:48 IST

The Telangana Rashtriya Samiti, which broke away from the Third Front and switched over to the National Democratic Alliance last week, on Friday ruled out any alliance with the Congress, accusing it of betraying the people of Telangana on the separate statehood issue.

"We are with the National Democratic Alliance. We are not going anywhere. The DA is going to form the government at the Centre with more than 300 Members of Parliament...We are not going to join anyone else," TRS chief K Chandrashekhar Rao said.

He said he had decided to support the NDA as it was committed to carving out Telangana state from Andhra Pradesh. "The NDA is committed for the cause. They have included the formation of Telangana state in their election manifesto. They are serious on this issue. They have also said that they will make an announcement in this regard within 100 days of coming to power," he said.

Rao, whose party had quit the United Progressive Alliance in 2006 over the Telangana issue, attacked the Congress, saying it "will pay a heavy price for betraying the people of Telangana" on the separate statehood issue.

"They have to pay a heavy price for betraying the people of Telangana by not fulfilling the promise they made to us five years ago," he said.

TRS fought the 2004 Lok Sabha and assembly elections as part of the Congress-led alliance.

"The NDA will form the government in Delhi and the TRS will support it," he said. Rao said his party joining the NDA was a 'morale booster' to the BJP and the alliance.

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