Cong ready to face elections on its own: YSR

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Hyderbad, Jul 7 (UNI) Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy today said the Congress has the capacity to face elections on its own and it was nothing new for the party.

Claiming that the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and the Left parties were distancing from the Congress for their political needs, Dr Reddy said the TRS and the Left parties had contested the previous elections in alliance with the Congress as they liked the Congress manifesto, according to a release here.

Stating that the CPI-M had deserted the Congress due to differences relating to land distribution, he said the government had distributed six lakh acres of land to the landless poor so far and decided to distribute six lakh acres more this year.

There was no urgency for forging an alliance with other political parties, he said, adding the party would always welcome organisations, which intended to contest elections in alliance with Congress.

Asserting that the party's strength was intact in all the 294 constituencies, he said the Congress could face the elections on its own as there was no 'anti-incumbency' factor in the state.

The development and the welfare schemes initiated by the ruling Congress would be the main poll planks of the party in the next elections, he added.

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