The visit of opposition presidential candidate Yashwant Sinha to Hyderabad has put the Telangana unit in the Congress into a stalemate. Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS), which supports Sinha, made a show of force but the Congress, which also supports Sinha, stayed away. The Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) had earlier decided not to meet Sinha at the airport or interact with him during his visit.
Although Sinha is the joint candidate of the opposition parties of the BJP, in Telangana, the Congress is a rival to the TRS. So when TRS decided to organize the welcome, TPCC chose to stay away because it is our competitor,” said TPCC President A Revanth Reddy.
However, Congress Leader Hanumanthu Rao attended Begumpet Airport to receive Sinha along with Chief Minister K Chandrashkar Rao and others.
TPCC Chief Operating Officer and MLA T Jagga Reddy sparked controversy on Saturday when he said what was wrong with the interaction with Sinha. Congress supports him, so why don’t we meet with him? We are part of the anti-BJP opposition. Could you hold a meeting with Sinha separately as there is no TRS”.
However, the TPCC stuck to its position. Revanth Reddy said the state’s Congress would like to keep its distance from the TRS.
TRS leaders were also unwilling to share the platform with the Congress as they were said to have been upset by Rahul Gandhi’s comments against the TRS government and Prime Minister K Chandrashekar Rao at a public meeting in Warangal on May 6.
Sources said TPCC leaders also objected to Sinha agreeing to meet with TRS first before approaching them. On 27 June, while Rahul Gandhi was accompanying Sinha when he went to present his candidacy papers, Telangana Minister KT Rama Rao went on behalf of the TRS.