Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has said that there is no possibility of forming an alliance with Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) or its new form, Bharat Rashtra Samiti (BRS), which is headed by Telangana CM K. Chandrashekhar Rao (KCR).
Rahul Gandhi spoke to reporters at Kothur village on the outskirts of Hyderabad during the 54th day of his Bharat Jodo Padayatra. He said that the Telangana unit of Congress has no intention of joining hands with the TRS or BRS at the local or national level.
“There is absolutely no question of the Congress having any relationship with the TRS. I am repeating it very clearly. This confusion is created by the TRS leaders themselves,” he said.
He also spoke on KCR renaming his party as BRS to foray into national politics. He said that KCR had the right to see his party in whichever way he wanted.
“If the Chief Minister of Telangana believes that he is running a national party, that’s perfectly okay. There is no problem, he can believe it. If he believes that he is running a global party that is also accepted in the world, that’s also fine. Let him contest in the USA, China, and the UK elections as well. We have no problem,” said Gandhi.
“It is disturbing the education system. We are democratically opposing everything they are doing,” he stated while asserting that Congress is absolutely against the corruption and attitude of TRS rampant in the state while snatching the lands from Dalits and tribals.
Speaking on reports that Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and KCR were in talks to form an anti-BJP opposition political front, he said, “If Nitish wants to have talks with KCR, that is his concern, we have no problem with that.”
Rahul Gandhi alleged that there was unchecked power concentration and crony capitalism at the Centre and in Telangana.
“Only two to three business people are being favoured, eliminating others from competition, thereby creating monopoly in every industry, which is very bad,” he said.
Later, the Congress leader addressed a rally at Shamshabad. He talked about the idea behind his Bharat Jodo Yatra and urged the people to thwart the attempts of divisive and polarising forces and restore a democratic structure in the country.