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Is TJS Blackmailing Congress?

Looks like the Telangana Jana Samithi is growing to be a headache for the Congress and if this continues, it could jeopardise the Grand Alliance in Telangana. It has given a two-day ultimatum to the Congress to decide on giving them at least 10 seats of their choice in the upcoming Telangana elections. "If we don't get what we want, we will walk out of the alliance," said Professor Kodandaram, the founder of TJS.

After several rounds of deliberations over seat-sharing, TJS has now firmly told the Congress that they will contest from 40 seats independently if the Congress doesn't offer them 10 seats by October 24. According to TJS sources, a meeting that was held on Friday in Hyderabad was inconclusive after the TJS persisted with its initial demand of 15 seats. At the end of the meeting, Congress offered them nine seats after a tough bargain - the party had initially offered the TJS only four seats.

As the stalemate still continues, Kodandaram has made it clear that they would be part of the alliance only if they are given 10 seats. The TJS is also annoyed over the fact that of the nine seats that the Congress has offered them, six are losing seats, where the newly formed TJS doesn't stand a chance. Among them is Siddipet, a TRS stronghold; and Malakpet and Chandrayangutta, both bastions of the Asaduddin Owaisi's AIMIM.

"We want the Congress to give us 10 seats of our choice, where we can win. We will contest independently in 40 constituencies if the Congress doesn't agree to our demand," said a TJS leader.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that the Congress will be announcing their candidate list by month end. The party under the chairmanship of Bhaktacharan Das has shortlisted candidates after conducting three screenings.
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