Is BJP’s internal war of supremacy helping KCR ?

HYDERABAD: There is something more to it than meets the eye in Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao’ overtures towards the Narendra Modi-led Government at the Centre?

KCR’s one-on-one meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday triggered speculation that his party was likely to join the Union Cabinet. TRS leaders justified his moves by claiming that the Telangana Government was keen to have a better rapport with the Centre to secure more financial assistance but there is another narrative too.

Going by all accounts, KCR seems determined to have two of his party nominees in the Modi Cabinet on a par with TDP which has Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Y.S. Choudhary in the Union Council of Ministers. His first choice for a berth is his daughter Kalvakuntla Kavitha.

Mr. Rao faces a huge risk in his latest political maneuvers, that of alienating his new found political ally the MIM, at a time when elections are due to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC).

However, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to reshuffle his Cabinet after conclusion of the budget session in April. It is next to impossible for the State Election Commission to complete polls to the GHMC by then since a lot of technical issues like delimitation of constituencies are involved. Thus KCR has to choose between berths in the Union Cabinet and winning the GHMC elections.

BJP’s internal war helps KCR

Whatever be the Telangana Chief Minister agenda, informed sources feel that there certain forces within the BJP are engaged in a struggle for political supremacy and KCR seemed to have come in handy to achieve their objective.

According to these sources, the key players engaged in this game of political one-upmanship are Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu and Maharshtra Governor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao. While the former is fully backing AP Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, the latter is supporting KCR. Their preferences are based on the regions to which they belong and, to a certain extent, their caste.

 Mr. Chandrababu Naidu and Mr. Chandrasekhar Rao are known to be competing with each other on various aspects relating to development of their respective States.  This competition has now extended to getting berths in the Central Cabinet. Sources said the Maharashtra Governor played a role in bringing KCR closer to the BJP big-wigs. Now, it is upto KCR to make his moves. (NSS)

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