The Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) has made it quite clear that it would not give up its stake in the Parkal Assembly seat to the BJP after boycotting the meeting called by the Telangana Political JAC (T-JAC) on Saturday.
The meeting, to which BJP, too, had been invited, was meant to work out a consensus between the two parties which have both declared their intention to contest the Parkat bypoll.
With TRS staying away, BJP leaders had nothing much to do but leave the meeting midway. Sources said that T-JAC tried to prevail upon BJP to withdraw from the bypolls but was unsuccessful in its bid. “We are going to contest the Parkal bypoll by all means. We requested T-JAC’s support and are hopeful of a grand victory in Parkal. We assured T-JAC that our party would continue as part of the alliance but reiterated our stand of there being no second thoughts about contesting the seat,” said BJP state president G Kishan Reddy.
Caught between the TRS and BJP, T-JAC is now trying to pacify both parties to ensure there is no split in votes.
The TRS, meanwhile, is wasting no time to get into the gear and held an election strategy meeting at Parkal on Saturday chaired by former minister N Narsimha Reddy. The opinion in the party is that BJP is contesting the Parkal seat only to benefit the YSR Congress candidate, Konda Sureka, as a split in the pro-Telangana votes would benefit the third candidate.