Vastavam web: The Telugu Desam Party Monday decided not to contest the Lok Sabha elections in Telangana, a first since its formation in 1982. The party has decided to withdraw from contest to avoid helping the ruling TRS and BJP which are opposed to it, TDP sources said. The TRS has always tried to make sure that the TDP does not exist as a party in Telangana, the sources alleged. It may be recalled that a large number of TDP leaders have switched over to the TRS in the last few years which has weakened the party substantially in Telangana.
TDP, the ruling party in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, has been opposing the BJP since its exit from the NDA on the issue of denial of special status to the state. The TDP sources said the party has in principle agreed to the Congress’ request for support in the Lok Sabha elections. The TDP had contested the Assembly elections in Telangana in December last as part of an alliance with the Congress, CPI and Telangana Jana Samiti (TJS).