New Delhi, Mar 3 IBNS | 8 months ago

Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief K Chandrasekhara Rao has turned down a "merger" between his party and the Congress ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, media reports said on Monday.

Senior leaders from TRS, who met with him on Monday evening, reportedly said an alliance with the ruling Congress has not yet been ruled out.

"Five-member panel will decide on possible alliances... Can support the Congress to form government after the elections," Rao was quoted as saying by NDTV.

Earlier, Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh had said the TRS has "indicated" merger with the Congress.

Rao along with a delegation met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi on Feb 25.

According to reports, the purpose of the meeting was to thank the PM for the passage of the Telangana Bill in the Parliament.

Rao met Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi as well giving rise to speculations of a possible political realignment.

"No politics was discussed and it was only a thanksgiving call. I met Soniaji to express my gratitude for the passing of Telangana Bill in Parliament," Rao told media after the meeting with Sonia.

He said Sonia asked him to stay in touch with Digvijaya Singh.

"Soniaji asked me to stay in touch with Digvijaya Singh," Rao said.

Amid ruckus, uproars and walkouts, the Parliament has finally passed the controversial Telangana Bill, paving way for the creation of the 29th Indian state with only the President now required to put his signature in the paper to make the Bill a law.

(Posted on 04-03-2014)

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