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TRS fields candidate to avoid poaching

N. Rahul



In hope: TRS candidate Mohammed Mahmood Ali

HYDERABAD: Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) has decided to play it safe in the Legislative Council elections from Assembly constituency next month by fielding a candidate of its own though the party does not have the numbers to win. This is a ploy to prevent poaching of its MLAs by other parties, it was stated.

With a strength of only 11 MLAs against 27 first preference votes required to ensure the victory of the candidate Mohammed Mahmood Ali, the TRS entered the fray in the backdrop of its bitter experience when 10 MLAs of the party voted in favour of an independent Kasani Gnaneswar in 2007.

In fact, nine of them even proposed Mr. Gnaneswar's candidature and another one joined them later in voting. A senior leader of TRS told The Hindu that the strategy was to be safe from the danger of horse trading by other parties. “It is not that we do not trust our MLAs but the idea is just to keep our flock intact and see that they are not swayed by temptations,” he remarked.

But, he did not rule out disputes within Congress and Telugu Desam owing to separate Telangana stir to facilitate the win of TRS. Moreover, 3 MLAs of BJP and TDP have already pledged support to TRS as partners of Telangana joint action committee.

The threat of “poaching” TRS MLAs was ruled out by another leader who said they would not risk voting for other parties at this juncture when the agitation was at its peak.

He added that the party apparently wanted to take the plunge straightaway and hope for politics to come into play in the later stage of election. Of course, the TRS would play the Telangana card then, he added.

Mr. Mahmood Ali who contested the last Lok Sabha elections from Secunderabad as the combined candidate of TRS, TDP and Left parties is not without hope that a miracle might strike him like in the case of Mr. Gnaneswar. He told The Hindu that the party was trying its best to ensure his victory.

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