Sat. Jul 20th, 2024

New Delhi:

The YSR Telangana Party will contest all 119 seats in next month’s Assembly election, YS Sharmila said Thursday, ending speculation about her party’s alliance with the Congress to consolidate votes against the ruling Bharat Rashtra Samithi. She had waited four months for the deal, but it did not materialize. “Now no one can blame us for splitting the anti-KCR vote. We tried our best,” she said, adding that she will contest from Palair and possibly a second location as well.

YS Sharmila, who is also Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy’s sister, revealed that there were demands for her mother, YS Vijayalakshmi, and husband, Anil Kumar, to contest. She stated that if necessary, they would also contest. “My mother has promised to support me in any way she can. She made that promise when I launched my party,” she said.

Telangana is set to vote on November 30, with results to be declared on December 3.

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Two weeks ago, Sharmila had stated that a “final decision” on any alliance with the Congress would be made by the end of September. “If no alliance materializes, the party will contest all 119 constituencies,” the party announced.

Sharmila had met Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi last month and claimed to have had “constructive discussions,” warning KCR of an impending defeat.

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However, Telangana Congress chief Revanth Reddy later clarified that there was no question of an alliance with the national party.

Reports had suggested that the Congress wanted Sharmila to work with her brother to revive the party in Andhra Pradesh, which will hold Assembly elections next year.

Sharmila ruled out such a possibility, and her brother has distanced himself from her political activities.

The daughter of former Congress Chief Minister YS Rajasekhar Reddy, Sharmila founded the YSRTP in 2021 to bring the YSR family, or ‘Rajanna Rajyam,’ to the state. Both she and her party are untested in elections. As part of her efforts, she embarked on a 3,800-km state-wide march.

“All my efforts are for Telangana. I am doing everything to improve the condition of the people… so they benefit from the formation of Telangana,” she said after her trip to Delhi.

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