Did Lagadapati lobby for TRS-TDP alliance?
The pre-poll secrets are coming out in Telangana. Though Telugu Desam Party chief Chandrababu Naidu had been saying that he had tried for friendship with Telangana Rastra Samithi, he did not get the positive signs, it was not received well by the people. Chandrababu Naidu had said this several times after he broke out with the Bharatiya Janata Party. He said he had offered olive branch to the TRS leaders for an alliance against the BJP, but regretted that the TRS was indifferent.
Now, there is answer for his statement. Congress former MP Lagadapati Rajagopal had admitted this. He alleged that the TRS leader K T Rama Rao had met him seeking survey reports in Telangana, which were against the TRS. He said he had suggested to KTR to have an alliance with the TDP to sweep the polls. However, he said that KTR did not respond and the party is now in big trouble as the Congress-TDP led alliance is set to make a difference.
Lagadapati Rajagopal had predicted a possible victory of the Congress-led alliance in the State giving tough time for the TRS. He claimed that the Congress-led alliance had improved its presence in the state particularly after its alliance with the TDP and other parties.
Dismissing this argument KTR accused Lagadapati of being partial to the TDP and the survey was to influence the voters. He further said that Lagadapati, an agent of Chandrababu Naidu, had tried to convince him on having alliance with the TDP, which he ruled out. He further said that Lagadapati was now trying to help the TDP by giving a pro-Congress survey report.
Whichever party is set to win the December 7 elections, it is now clear that Lagadapati Rajagopal had tried to help the TDP in Telangana by trying for alliance with the TRS. As the alliance with the TRS failed, he is said to have helped the party to forge the alliance with the Congress.
Now, in this background, it is to be seen how serious will voters take Lagadapati’s survey, as they get ready to move on to the polling booths.