Congress has been pursuing the issue of a poll tie-up with TRS after the TRS chief has closed the doors on merger. Even the latest signal of Congress for alliance talks was bluntly refused by TRS leaders. When Congress General Secretary in-charge of AP affairs Digvijay Singh invited TRS leader K. Keshava Rao for talks, the latter said he has no plans to visit Delhi.
The stumbling block for the alliance is the pre-condition of TRS that, it will be a nominee of TRS who will be Chief Minister of the new state.
But Congress is not ready to concede this demand at any cost.
And now, KCR’s repeated assertions till recent months that a Dalit will be made CM of Telangana if TRS comes to power, has come in handy for Congress.
And Congress has now fired the salvo against KCR through Union Minister Jairam Ramesh, who has turned out to be the party’s points-man for Andhra Pradesh.
Jairam addressed a press conference in Karimnagar, where he declared that Congress is “200 percent sure” of making a leader of downtrodden sections as Chief Minister of the new Telangana state.
According to Jairam, formation of a new state is an opportunity to give power to backward and scheduled castes.
He even took indirect jibes on KCR for making tall promises on empowering the downtrodden, “but these tall promises remain just promises. We say social justice, but we don’t do it.”
However, Jairam claimed Congress party is different. He even threw up evidence to his claim. Congress has made Damodaram Sanjeevaiah as Chief Minister 50 years ago.
In fact, Jairam raised the stakes so high that making a leader of downtrodden sections as Chief Minister is “the call of our times”. And what could be the answer from the tough, wily and mercurial leader of Telangana?