The Congress and TRS on Wednesday gave divergent versions on the issue of a merger even after their leaders held a series of meetings since Parliament gave its nod for the creation of Telangana last week.
Congress claimed that TRS chief K Chandrashekhar Rao has expressed readiness to merge but the regional party of Andhra Pradesh said no such assurance has been given.
“As far as a merger of TRS with Congress is concerned, we are very happy that KCR has met Congress president Sonia Gandhi and party vice-president Rahul Gandhi and he has indicated merger of TRS with Congress,” AICC in-charge of Andhra Pradesh Digvijay Singh told reporters here. The details will be worked out, he added.
However, a top leader of TRS had a different take on it. “Our leadership has never indicated that TRS will merge with Congress. We had met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the Congress president and the vice-president to thank them for their efforts for passage of Telangana Bill,” said the TRS leader on condition of anonymity.