Hyderabad: A day after UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi wrote to all UPA allies and non-NDA parties for a meeting on May 23 — a move aimed at strengthening opposition unity and to checkmate the Narendra Modi-led NDA — both YSR Congress and Telangana Rashtra Samiti sources on Wednesday said they have not received any invitation so far.
Moreover, even if they do receive such an invitation personally from Mrs Gandhi, YSR Congress president Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy and Telangana Chief Minister and TRS president K. Chandrasekhar Rao will not be attending the Delhi meet, their respective party sources said.
While YSR Congress general secretary and close associate of its president Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, Sajjala Rama Krishna Reddy, said no such invitation had been received, a close associate of Mr Rao, B. Vinod Kumar, MP, also said the same.
Congress sources said that apart from sending the invitations, Mrs Gandhi will speak personally on the phone to the important leaders and invite them.
She spoke to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday.
Sources in the YSRC and the TRS said that their respective presidents will not be attending the Delhi meeting even if Mrs Gandhi calls them personally as both have some reservations about meeting her and supporting the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance.
A senior YSRC leader said that the Congress has damaged the image of Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy by implicating him in false cases.
BJP candidate D. Arvind, son of TRS Rajya Sabha member D. Srinivas, defeated Ms Kavitha by 80,895 votes.
Nama Nageswara Rao won Khammam for the TRS against Ms Renuka Chowdary of the Congress with the majority of 1,68,062 votes.
Labour minister Ch. Malla Reddy’s son-in-law Marri Rajasekhar Reddy, again a fresh face, lost to TPCC working president A Revanth Reddy.
Cadres celebrate BJP’s unexpected performance in Telangana.
Rama Rao congratulated Modi for being elected as the PM for the second time.
The MIM chief asked how many Muslim candidates won from the BJP.
In Zaheerabad, the TRS’s B.B. Patil won by 6,229 votes or 0.60 per cent votes against the Congress’s E. Madan Mohan Rao.
In recent times, Mr Naidu has distanced himself from several political parties and bureaucrats.
Mr V. Vijaya Sai Reddy is considered as Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy’s man Friday.
This trend was more starkly visible in Odisha where the Biju Janata Dal retained power for an unprecedented fourth term.
The BJP had sought YSRC support in the event of falling short of majority to form government at the Centre.
2014, too, the state had only one woman MP: Ms Kavitha.