Congress dumps Mahagathbandhan plans in in Andhra Pradesh, says it will contest Assembly, Lok Sabha elections alone

After its pre-poll alliance with the TDP in neighbouring Telangana came a cropper, the Congress Wednesday asserted it would contest on its own the upcoming elections in Andhra Pradesh, both to the state Assembly and the Lok Sabha

Press Trust of India January 24, 2019 08:00:01 IST
Congress dumps Mahagathbandhan plans in in Andhra Pradesh, says it will contest Assembly, Lok Sabha elections alone
  • After Congress' pre-poll alliance with the TDP in neighbouring Telangana came a cropper

  • The Congress asserted it would contest on its own the upcoming elections in Andhra Pradesh, both to the state Assembly and the Lok Sabha

  • The state Congress also decided to undertake a bus yatra in all the 13 districts of the state in February

Amaravati: After its pre-poll alliance with the TDP in neighbouring Telangana came a cropper, the Congress Wednesday asserted it would contest on its own the upcoming elections in Andhra Pradesh, both to the state Assembly and the Lok Sabha.

Congress dumps Mahagathbandhan plans in in Andhra Pradesh says it will contest Assembly Lok Sabha elections alone

File image of AICC general secretary Oomen Chandy. PTI

All India Congress Committee general secretary and former Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy made the assertion while making it clear that the Congress will not have any alliance with the ruling Telugu Desam Party(TDP) in Andhra Pradesh.

"We will contest all 175 Assembly and 25 Lok Sabha seats alone.

"The TDP allied with us only at the national level, so we will have no truck (with it) in the state," he maintained.

Addressing a press conference after a meeting of the PCC office-bearers here, Chandy said they would meet again on January 31 to discuss about the poll preparations.

The state Congress also decided to undertake a bus yatra in all the 13 districts in February, he said.

APCC president N Raghuveera Reddy said they left the decision of electoral alliances to AICC president Rahul Gandhi.

However, he hastened to add that the Congress would fight the elections in Andhra Pradesh on its own.

The Congress, which formed a pre-poll alliance with the TDP and two others for the recent Assembly polls in Telangana, ended up with 19 seats, down from 21 in 2014, while the TDP won two seats as against 15 last time.

The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) won 88 seats in the 119-member Assembly to retain power.

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