Supporting Kovind is not linked to future tie up with BJP, says TRS MP

Supporting Kovind is not linked to future tie up with BJP, says TRS MP


Supporting Kovind is not linked to future tie up with BJP, says TRS MP


New Delhi: The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) will not have any thing to do in the long run with the BJP or with the saffron party-led NDA combine as the decision to support Ram Nath Kovind for Presidential election was considered by the party because of his clean image and his social background. "It was certainly a conscious decision. When Prime Minister Narendra Modi called and spoke to TRS leader and Chief Minister K Chandrashekhara Rao, it was decided that we will support the candidature of Mr Kovind due to his image and also because he is a Dalit," TRS leader and MP Kalvakuntla Kavitha told UNI here. However, she hastened to add in the same breadth: "It is true Congress and opposition parties have also fielded a Dalit candidate in Meira Kumar now. But that's more as a reaction, TRS has already announced its support to Mr Kovind and we have to respect our own decision". "Moreover, TRS chief (K Chandrashekhara Rao) had taken the decision only after consulting all important and senior leaders of the party". She clarified as of now - TRS has nothing to do with the BJP or the NDA and the regional party will continue to maintain its "distinct regional identity". Answering a question on the "regional assertiveness" of parties like TRS and the hurdles faced by them as the BJP is also often going the Congress way trying to bulldoze decisions, the Nizamabad MP said, "essentially the concept of regional parties and national parties has undergone a sea change". "In India, today, there is no national party. I should say parties like the BJP and the Congress are at best the bigger regional parties and that way TRS is a small regional party. Hence any body thinking supreme in terms of pan-India presence is just not true in today's politics," she said. In this connection, she said in many states like West Bengal, Odisha and Telangana - the regional parties are "strong enough". "These small regional parties are strong enough and to these parties regional pride will continue to be an important facet," she said. "The regional pride, therefore, will always matter in this country and the regional parties will be able to maintain their distinct and separate individual identity," she said. Answering a question, she said the Opposition Congress party's decision to stay away from GST function at the Central Hall was a surprising move. She said after all the initiative for bringing in GST was taken by the erstwhile UPA government. "We all (TRS) were part of it......Moreover, the GST has been discussed and debated in Parliament. So I do not understand the Congress decision," she said.

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