It was only on Tuesday that Telugu Desam Party general secretary and Andhra Pradesh IT minister Nara Lokesh denied the reports of a possible alliance between the TDP and the Congress party in Telangana in the ensuing assembly and Lok Sabha elections.
He even announced that the TDP was still strong enough to win considerable seats in Telangana and that it would contest in all the 119 assembly seats.
However, reliable sources revealed that both the TDP and the Congress had come to a formal understanding to have an alliance in the coming elections in Telangana.
According to these sources, the Congress has agreed to earmark 14 assembly seats and two MP seats in the state. This is to ensure that the opposition vote would not split so that it could defeat the Telangana Rashtra Samithi.
Some of the seats where the TDP is likely to contest are: Kukatpally, Sherilingampalli, Jubilee Hills, Malkajgiri, Wanaparthi, Atmakur, Narayanpet, Jagityal, Parkal, Sattupalli and others, where the TDP still has strong cadres.
With regards to Lok Sabha seats, the TDP might ask for Malkajgiri and Mahbubabad.
“There could be some last minute adjustments depending on the demands and protests from the Congress ticket aspirants,” sources said.