Sharing dais with TDP chief and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu for the first time after forging a four-party alliance, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said the TRS is the "B team" of Sangh Parivar and the BJP and the aim of K Chandrasekhar Rao's party and the AIMIM is to ensure that his party is not able to defeat the BJP at the national level.
Addressing a rally in the poll-bound Telangana's Khammam, Gandhi said all promises made at the time of the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh would be fulfilled after a coalition of anti-BJP parties comes to power at the Centre. The rally was also attended by Congressâ€™ other alliance partners for the Telangana elections-- CPI and Telangana Jana Samiti â€“ which Gandhi described as "historic" in the state and national politics.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi after attending meeting with Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu in Hyderabad:We aren't adversaries.There is similarity in our vision.We are fighting for voice of people of Telangana.We are working together as there is threat to this nation from PM pic.twitter.com/VbFm1lrocIâ€” ANI (@ANI) November 28, 2018
Gandhi added if the TRS stands for the welfare of the people of Telangana, it should not support the BJP. Referring to Modi's remark at a public meeting in Nizamabad on November 27 that the Congress and TRS are "two sides of a coin", Gandhi wondered why then Rao and his party never criticised the Rafale deal and supported issues raised by the Congress.
"Modi promised two crore jobs to youth. KCR (Rao) promised one lakh jobs. I want to ask you how many jobs both gave," he said.
While addressing another rally at Kosigi in Mahabubnagar district, the Congress president said: "First we will fight against Narendra Modi's B team (the TRS) and after that we will beat the A team (the BJP-led NDA).
"The name of TRS is not Telangana Rashtra Samiti, it's Telangana Rastriya Sangh Parivar. TRS is the B team of Sangh Parivar and the BJP. Don't forget this," he added.
Naidu, who also held a road show in Hyderabad with Gandhi, asked people to be careful about "manipulation" of EVMs during the polling.
(With PTI inputs)