TRS has apparently expressed its willingness to leave all the 17 Lok Sabha seats for Congress in favour of this support. Though no official discussion over the issue has begun, but the meeting of KCR with Congress president Sonia Gandhi and party leader Digvijay Singh has fueled the speculation over either possible merger of both the parties or forging an alliance.

In current political scenario, it would be a good deal for the Congress as the Lok Sabha elections are round the corner and the party seems to be not doing well, at least if surveys are anything to go by.
Congress leaders from Telangana also met Sonia Gandhi following which Union Minister Sarvey Satyanarayana had said that Congress was expecting that TRS would join it.
"We are expecting TRS to join us. Rao has been saying that he would work with (Sonia) Gandhi if Telangana was created. Now that the bill has been passed, there is no reason for him to continue as a separate entity," Satyarnarayana had said while replying to queries about the possibility of TRS merging with Congress.

Rao has been at the forefront of the Telangana movement for the last 10 years. He was a TDP leader and Deputy Speaker of Andhra Pradesh Assembly till 2001, before he quit the party and launched TRS to fight for a separate Telangana state.
TRS had joined hands with Congress for the 2004 elections and Rao was appointed the Union Labour Minister in UPA-I. The sub-regional party joined the YSR Reddy-led Congress government in Andhra Pradesh, although it quit subsequently.
Sharing power at the Centre and in the state hit Rao's credibility as the Telangana demand was not conceded by UPA-I (2004-09) despite statehood issue being part of the common minimum programme.
Rao had then joined hands with TDP and become part of a ‘grand alliance’ against Congress for the 2009 elections. But his party suffered a serious setback and won only two Lok Sabha seats and 10 Assembly seats in the region.


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