Kodandaram To Attack KCR With Rallies
Hyderabad: It looks as though the time has come for KCR to brace for a war of attrition with just two years left for next elections. The TRS may face difficult times if the yatra planned by TJAC chairman Prof Kodandaram creates fireworks. The professor appears to have worked out a perfect strategy to highlight false promises made by KCR during T statehood agitation and during the subsequent elections.
AS a mark of remembering martyrs who sacrificed their lives for T statehood, Kodandaram will start state-wide yatra which will take place between June 21st to 24th as per sources.
This peak agitation against KCR’s government will start from Sanga Reddy and end at Siddipeta. Kodandaram’s main agenda will be jobs for unemployment youth and prevention of farmers’ suicides. He will also question Government about the land scams by TRS party leaders and he will also dilate on corruption.
KCR, who is rattled by Kodandaram will definitely try to suppress the yatra which he did previously during agitation of Dharna Chowk.
KCR knows that Kodandaram is a fighter and his image is intact. It was Kodandaram who took the statehood movement to the final stage after the Centre went back on its decision to concede the demand for a separate state. The decision to divide Andhra Pradesh was announced by P Chidambaram, the then Home Minister on 9 December 2009. After the Congress and TDP MPs and MLAs from Andhra region resigned en masse the Centre had developed cold feet. KCR went back into the silent mode. It was Kodandaram who took up the reins and took the movement to a different level. Of course it was KCR who anointed Kodandaram as president of the Joint Action Committee. The fight entered the last phase. TRS participated in some programmes and kept away from some others. But all the programmes of the movement were decided and executed by Kodandram, Mallepalli Laxmaiah and others.
So, KCR knows that Kodandaram remains the second most popular leader after himself. Kodandaram is not an orator like KCR. He is not politically talented like the chief minister. In the back of KCR’s mind there might be a lurking fear that the professor may become more popular if he was allowed to build a movement against the government. That is perhaps the reason why everyone who was close to Kodandaram has been weaned away by offering positions. Those who got positions because of KCR are more than willing to heap abuses and insults on their master’s bête noire. That has been creating sympathy for the professor which may cause loss of popularity of the chief minister. Add to Kodandaram the leaders of opposition parties who are willing to accept his leadership and work with him. If Kodandaram takes away some of those who were involved in statehood movement and have not been rewarded by the government and the BJP cuts into the BC support base by highlighting KCR’s decision to give 22 percent reservations to Muslims, TRS will be weakened to that extent. That fear might force KCR to use more force than necessary against his opponents.