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Allotment of two LS seats in Warangal to TRS raises eyebrows

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HYDERABAD, MARCH 24. The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) will contest the Adilabad, Karimnagar, Hanamkonda, Warangal and Nagarkurnool (SC) Parliamentary seats in addition to Medak constituency, which has already been announced, as part of seat-sharing with the Congress.

This was told to reporters by the TRS president, K. Chandrasekhar Rao, here on Wednesday. Party sources said the TRS chose to forego its earlier claims for the Nizamabad and Siddipet (SC) constituencies in preference to Adilabad and Nagarkurnool.

The allotment of two seats -- Hanamkonda and Warangal -- within the same district to the TRS has raised quite a few eyebrows as it went against the earlier arrangement between the Congress and the TRS that the latter would not get more than one Parliamentary constituency in a district.

Mr. Rao appealed to the Left parties to shed their "blind opposition'' to the TRS and join the alliance in the interest of defeating the TDP-BJP combine.

The TRS president faced an angry demonstration by party activists from the Khanapur Assembly constituency in Adilabad district over the nomination of A. Govind Naik as the candidate for the constituency.

The demonstrators, led by Bakshi Naik and Vijayalakshmi Chauhan, blocked the car of Mr. Rao when he visited the party office and threatened to contest the polls as independents. They alleged that Mr. Naik did not have supporters of his own.

Another TRS leader from Mahabubnagar, Muralidhar Rao Deshpande, telephoned newsmen from Madurai stating that he would launch the Telangana Janata Party here on Thursday. He said he was sore over the style of functioning of Mr. Rao.

Mr. Deshpande claimed to have met the Janata Party president, Subramaniam Swamy, in Madurai and taken an authorisation letter from him to form the party with affiliation to the Janata Party.

He also claimed that Mr. Swamy had permitted him to use the Janata Party symbol -- farmer within a wheel.

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