TD support to Congress angers KT Rama Rao

The TD and YSRC are supporting the Congress.

Hyderabad: Industries minister K.T. Rama Rao who has been named the TRS in-charge for the Palair Assembly byelection, on Friday lambasted the Telugu Desam, a party that was founded on anti-Congress plank for supporting Congress party in the bypoll.

Addressing TRS workers at Palair on Friday, Mr Rama Rao said, “I was just reaching Palair via Kusumanchi where I have seen TD, YSR Congress flags along with Congress ones asking people to vote for the Congress. It is amazing how the TD, a party founded by a great personality like N.T. Rama Rao on the anti-Congress plank, has decided to support the Congress in Palair. It is rather disgraceful. It is an example of opportunistic politics.”

Reacting to the criticism from the Congress and TD over the TRS fielding its candidate in a bypoll and thus bypassing the tradition of not contesting against the family of a deceased MLA, Mr Rama Rao questioned the TD if it was so sincere in following tradition, why had it fielded a candidate in the recent Narayankhed bypoll.

Meanwhile, a total of 16 nominations were filed for the Palair bypoll by Friday, the last day for filing papers. R&B minister Tummala Nageswara Rao (TRS) and R. Sucharitha Reddy, wife of late Ramreddy Venkata Reddy (Congress) filed their papers on Friday.

CPM candidate Pothineni Sudarshan had already filed his papers. Except for these three candidates from mainstream political parties the other 13 are Independents. The TD, YSRC and BJP have not fielded their candidates. The TD and YSRC are supporting the Congress.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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