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KCR meets PM, talks merger?

Published Feb 25, 2014, 9:24 pm IST
Updated Mar 19, 2019, 9:50 am IST
With development of Telangana in mind, party mulls merger or alliance.

New Delhi: TRS chief K Chandrashekhar Rao met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday to thank him for getting the Telangana Bill passed in Parliament and also discussed issues related to the new state.
Emerging out of the meeting, TRS leader and MP Manda Jagannath said the "purpose of the visit was first to thank the Prime minister for the initiative".
He said Rao and other leaders raised issues like shortage of power in Telangana, creating an AIIMS-like institution in the state, gas allocation and also sought the central government's help in maintaining the world class image of Hyderabad city.
"Any merger or alliance (between TRS and Congress) will take place in due time depending on the issues discussed and agreement reached," Jagannath  said.
However, former MP and TRS leader B Vinod Kumar said that talks were on between Congress and his party on whether there should be a merger or an alliance. He added both options were being considered.
"If both of us come to a conclusion that it would be better for us to merge so that we can develop Telangana, that is not a problem. But as elections are near, we thought we can have an alliance now,” Vinod Kumar said.
He said many cadres feel the party should enter an alliance and not merge. He added the party wanted K Chandrashekhar Rao to be at the helm of affairs and lead the development of the new state.
The TRS chief had yesterday met Rahul Gandhi. On Sunday, he had held consultations with Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

Location: Andhra Pradesh