KCR Shock to Sonia : TRS May not Merge in Congress

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KCR-congressHyderabad: New political equations are emerging in the Telangana region following the announcement to bifurcate the state to create Telangana.It is now being said that the TRS might not merge in the Congress immediately and instead, join the government led by the Congress party. Likewise, MIM also might join the coalition government, say sources.

To form the government in the Telangana state, Congress would need 60 members. The party has only 50. It needs the support of 10 more members. It is in this context that the TRS chief K Chandrasekhara Rao was thinking of joining the government by extending support, instead of merging the party, so as to have a better control, say sources. TRS has 17 members in the Assembly. Some of them might get minister posts if the party

extends support to Congress. It would also be easy for the Congress to form the government with the support of TRS.

However, if TRS does not join the government, Congress would be taking the support of the MIM which has 7 members, say observers. Though MIM had initially objected state bifurcation, after the Telangana announcement, the party chief Asaduddin Owaisi met KCR and congratulated him. The two also discussed the political future of the emerging state.

MIM had snapped ties with the Congress as it was angry with the attitude of the Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy. However after the formation of the Telangana state, as Kiran would leave, MIM might revive its ties with the Congress. It is in this context that a new alliance of Congress, TRS and MIM might emerge in the Telangana region, say sources. The three parties together might try to prevent the BJP from gaining strength in the region say observers.