Strange as it might sound, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi, which has been making a scathing attack on the Congress party for joining hands with an Andhra party like the Telugu Desam Party to contest the ensuing assembly elections in the state, is ready to accept the support from an Andhra leader.
This was evident from the thanksgiving message sent by TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao’s son and state IT minister K T Rama Rao to Jana Sena Party president and actor Pawan Kalyan.
On Tuesday, KTR called up Pawan Kalyan and congratulated him for successfully conducting Jana Sena Kavaathu on Dowleshwaram bridge across Godavari river on Monday evening.
While this is the official leak from the TRS, sources said KTR had actually thanked Pawan for deciding to extend support to the TRS in the coming assembly elections in Telangana.
Pawan told the party leaders that Jana Sena would support the TRS, as he was impressed with KCR’s welfare and developmental schemes.
Naturally, it has led to the criticism as to why the TRS is accepting the support of Jana Sena.
After all, the Jana Sena, too, like the TDP, has been aiming for power in Andhra. So, whatever allegations the TRS has been hurling at the TDP will also apply to the Jana Sena.
What would the TRS leaders say if Pawan opposes the Telangana projects after it comes to power in Andhra Pradesh on the pretext that they would affect the interest of Andhra farmers?
Will the TRS ask for an undertaking from Pawan Kalyan stating that he would not oppose any Telangana project and remain silent when the Telangana government fights a legal battle to stop Polavaram project?
On many occasions in the past, Pawan Kalyan expressed anguish over the bifurcation of the combined state.
He even went on record saying he had not taken food for 11 days when the state was divided to form Telangana. There were several instances of Pawan Kalyan making a scathing attack on the TRS in the past for raising anti-Andhra slogans.
So, Jana Sena has nothing to lose by supporting the TRS, but it has certainly given a strong weapon to the Maha Kootami to attack the TRS in the upcoming elections!