Presidential Election 2017: TRS leader says his party may support NDA

Hyderabad: The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) on Thursday rallied around the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), stating that the regional party could support the coalition's candidate if it helped Telangana.

"We have been with the NDA whenever it benefited Telangana. We are not with the NDA if it is against Telangana," the TRS leader in the Lok Sabha, AP Jitender Reddy, told PTI.

File photo TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao. AFP.

File photo TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao. AFP.

With Opposition parties trying to put up a common nominee for the poll, Reddy's comments would boost the NDA's chances of installing its candidate in Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Reddy said the TRS would take a final decision on the matter at an appropriate time after assessing whether the NDA needed its support.
The presidential election has to be held before 24 July when President Pranab Mukherjee's term ends.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi has been holding consultations with a number of Opposition leaders in a bid to field a joint candidate for the top post.

TRS, which has 15 MPs, is also being supported by two Lok Sabha members — Malla Reddy of the TDP and P Srinivasa Reddy of the YSR Congress.

The electoral college clearly favours the NDA choice for the top constitutional post, more so after the BJP’s resounding win in the Uttar Pradesh polls.

Though the BJP-led ruling coalition at the Centre is still short of a clear majority, its leaders are confident of getting the required support.

Updated Date: May 04, 2017 15:33 PM

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