Jithendar Reddy the TRS MP earlier made an announcement that the TRS would support NDA candidate for the Presidents posts. But KCR the party chief clarified that it is not correct and not official.
The TRS, he said, would only decide on Saturday, May 27, who it would support for President, hinting that the BJP chief would do well to “realise his mistake and make amends.”KCR has called a meeting of the MPs and MLAs at Telangana Bhavan to chalk out the future course of action for the party.
The NDA is a little short of the 51 per cent it needs in the electoral college that elects the President and hopes for support from regional parties like the TRS, YSR Congress, AIADMK and the Biju Janata Dal, which together have about 12 per cent.
Jaganmohan Reddy of the YSR Congress has already pledged support to the NDA, while Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday and is believed to have discussed the presidential election to be held in July, when President Pranab Mukherjee’s term ends.
Opposition parties are meeting on Friday in Delhi at the invitation of Congress president Sonia Gandhi to decide on a joint candidate to take on the NDA’s nominee.
On the other hand in his tour of Telangana, Amit Shah, on a mission to expand the BJP’s footprint in states where it has limited presence, did not visit the chief minister’s constituency or any TRS stronghold.
He spent two days in Nalgonda, that is the bastion of the Congress and Left. On the third day he held a polling booth committee meeting in Hyderabad, which has been won by Asaduddin Owaisi’s All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) for the last 33 years, since 1984.
MIM chief Asaduddin on the other hand challenged Amit Shah to contest from Hyderabad if he had guts. The people are with MIM he opined.