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Wednesday, July 23, 2014  

TRS not to ally with any party in ’14 elections
HYDERABAD Declaring that it would contest the 2014 general elections on its own, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) has set a target of 15 Lok Sabha and 100 assembly seats, party chief K Chandrasekhara Rao said on Wednesday.

The sub-regional party, fighting for statehood to Telangana, made it clear that it would have no alliance with any party in the next elections.

The party took the decision on the first day of the two-day brainstorming meet, which began at Karimnagar on Wednesday, called to chalk out future course of action to achieve its goal of Telangana state.

Terming the Congress party a “villain”, Rao called upon people to “bury” that party in the region.

KCR, as Rao is popularly known, hit out at the Congress saying it had once again betrayed the people of Telangana. He told party leaders that he had gone to Delhi at the invitation of the Congress party, which stopped talks on Telangana.

TRS, floated by KCR in 2000, had fought the 2004 general elections in alliance with the Congress and the 2009 elections with the Telugu Desam Party and Left parties. Rao also said he would visit villages across Telangana starting on November 30.

The party plans to hold a public meeting at Suryapet on November 23 and protests across Telangana on November 29 to mark the third anniversary of KCR’s 11-day hunger strike on November 29, 2009.

It was after the hunger strike that the federal government announced its decision to initiate the process for formation of Telangana state. It later backtracked, saying there is need for consultations and a consensus.

Admitting some differences with Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC), KCR ruled out leaving the JAC. He recalled that it was the TRS which took the initiative to form the JAC.

He said he would soon call JAC convenor M Kodandaram and other leaders for talks to sort out issues.

Meanwhile, frustrated over the delay in formation of a separate Telangana state, an Osmania University student committed suicide, leading to tension in the campus.

V Santosh, a degree student of a college in the city, hung himself from a tree in front of Arts College in Osmania University, which has been witnessing violent protests by students for the last three years demanding separate statehood to Telangana.

The student, hailing from Adilabad district, resorted to the extreme step on Tuesday night. He left behind a suicide note, blaming ‘ruling classes’ for creating hurdles in the formation of a Telangana state. As the word spread, a large number of students gathered on the campus early Wednesday, raising slogans against the government. Tension prevailed on the campus as students resisted police attempts to shift the body for autopsy. They even thrashed a policeman in plainclothes.

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