‘Grand alliance will win Dec 7 Telangana assembly polls’

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Hyderabad: The Congress Sunday said the party led ‘grand alliance’ in Telangana would emerge victorious in the December 7 assembly polls by winning 80 seats and form the next government.

Addressing a press conference here, Rajiv Shukla, the Congress party’s national spokesperson, attacked caretaker Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao over going back on his promise to make a Scheduled Caste leader as Chief Minister after formation of a separate Telangana state.

Rao had also not fulfilled his promise to provide one lakh overnment jobs,two BHK houses, farmers’ issues, education and the health sector, among others, he said.

“There are some fake surveys (on TRS victory)…Our survey says the Congress led alliance will get 80 seats.

Definitely Congress will form the government in Telangana,” he said.

Shukla said people have realised that the chief minister has made false promises and now wanted a change.

The Congress leader alleged that both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and KCR (as Rao is popularly known as)were masters in cheating people by making false promises.

“Their big promises are visible only on hoardings, in newspapers and television channels.

There is a nexus and understanding between Modi and KCR and their thinking is same and they have a similar mindset, Shukla charged.

The Congress, TDP, Telangana Jana Samithi (TJS) and CPI announced the formation of a pre poll grand alliance and discussions on seat sharing are on between them, but are yet to be finalised.

“Ticket finalisation and release of manifesto will be done very soon,” Shukla said to a query.

Shukla claimed that when he was Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs (in the UPA government), KCR had told him that he would merge TRS with Congress and make a Dalit the Chief Minister.

But after Telangana came into being, he did not fulfill both the promises.

The credit for creating a separate Telangana state goes to Sonia Gandhi, (former Prime Minister) Manmohan Singh and the Congress government, he said.

Shukla also slammed KCR, stating that he and his party TRS had supported BJP on the elections to the post of President, Vice-President and even NDA’s demonetisation and GST move.

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