YS Sharmila Snubs Congress, Party To Fight All 119 Seats In Telangana Poll

YS Sharmila Snubs Congress, Party To Fight All 119 Seats In Telangana Poll

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The YSR Telangana Party will contest all 119 seats in next month's Assembly election, YS Sharmila said Thursday, putting an end to speculation her outfit will ally with the Congress to consolidate votes against the ruling Bharat Rashtra Samithi. She said she had waited four months for that deal. "Now no one can blame us for splitting the anti-KCR (Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao) vote. We tried our best," she said, adding she will contest from Palair and maybe a second location too. Ms Sharmila, who is also Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy's sister, also said there were demand for her mother YS Vijayalakshmi and husband Anil Kumar to contest. "If needed they will also contest. My mother has said she will do whatever (is) needed to support me. She made that promise when I launched my party... that she will stand by me," she said.Telangana will vote on November 30 and results will declared on December 3. Two weeks ago she had said a "final decision" on any alliance with the Congress will be taken by end-September. "If no alliance fructifies, the party will contest all 119 constituencies," the party said.YS Sharmila met Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi last month, after which she claimed "constructive discussions" and warned KCR to expect defeat. But Telangana Congress boss Revanth Reddy later told NDTV there was no question of her allying with the national party. Reports suggested the Congress wanted the YSRTP leader to work with her brother to revive the national party in Andhra Pradesh, which will hold an Assembly election next year.YS Sharmila ruled that out and her brother has distanced himself from her political activities.The daughter of a former Congress chief minister, YS Rajasekhar Reddy, Ms Sharmila started the YSRTP in 2021 to bring the YSR family, or 'Rajanna Rajyam' to the state - in which both she and her party are electorally untested. As part of her efforts, she went on a 3,800-km state-wide march.

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