With great fanfare, an opposition grand alliance was formed in Andhra Pradesh with the ostensible purpose of defeating the Congress at any cost.
The initiative for the grand alliance (Mahakootami) has been taken by Nara Chandrababu Naidu, chief of Telugu Desam Party and he roped in CPI and CPM. He even went to the extent of reversing his policy on Telangana to rope in the Telangana Rashtra Samithi of K Chandrasekhar Rao.
The first sign of fissures in the Mahakootami appeared when the partners of the alliance decided not to have a common manifesto or to mention the issue of separate Telangana statehood.
The latest news is that TRS is parting ways with Mahakootami and would contest on his own. The opposition alliance is now left with TDP, CPI and CPM.
However, Yerram Naidu, TDP politburo member, insists that talks of seat sharing between all the four parties of Mahakootami are still going on.
For all practical purposes, the grand alliance or Mahakootami is in tatters.