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Mahakootami, Just About

Will its tardiness cost the TDP dear?

Mahakootami, Just About
P. Anil Kumar
Mahakootami, Just About
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Finally, on March 31, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), the CPI(M) and the CPI came together to form a united front against the ruling Congress in Andhra Pradesh. But not before the TRS and the TDP had traded charges over seat-sharing. And the CPI(M) had done some tough talking about the "unilateral decisions" of the TDP in earmarking which alliance partner will contest from which constituency.

But now that the "mahakootami" (grand alliance) has actually been forged, will it be cohesive enough? K. Nageswar, a Hyderabad-based political analyst and former professor at Osmania University, thinks the protracted negotiations over seat-sharing have not only brought out the bitterness among the coalition partners but also delayed the front’s campaign. "The alliance is likely to face problems at the local level because of all the ill-will between its workers," he said. "Also, compared to the other parties in the state, it has lost a lot of time as far as campaigning goes. Look at how the Congress has been at the...

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