To merge the party with Congress or not, the question is interestingly ailing TRS more than Congress. After the keenness and open fight Congress put up in Parliament in getting the T Bill passed, the Telangana public surely would feel the obligation to thank the party properly in the coming elections. But there is no denying the spearheading role of TRS too over the more than a decade fight. It is better for both these political parties if the voter is not put in a position to choose between them. The almost confirmed TDP, BJP alliance would keenly be watching to cash in on just such confusions and fringe areas.
Hence the TRS’s major concern would be to eat the cake and keep it too! The proposal to leave as many Lok Sabha seats as possible to Congress and focus on state would serve TRS’s immediate needs. But it will also have to look at a situation where Congress is almost routed all over the country ending up with less than 100 Lok Sabha seats. Will TRS leave a chance of playing a bigger role at Central level? As it cannot opt for an open alliance with BJP immediately, a post poll understanding cannot be ruled out.
But keeping the Telangana state firmly in it’s pocket would be TRS’s first priority. Any tie up with Congress at this level will see a lot of irritating seat adjustments with many Congress leaders. Any understanding with Congress will focus mostly, if not entirely on these issues.