Is Midterm Inevitable In Telangana?
Hyderabad: While the Telangana government is trying to project that all is well with its governance, rumours are doing rounds about mid-term polls in the State. While the ruling party TRS circles are discussing this issue in a hush hush manner, they are refusing to utter a single word openly.
In fact, all is well with the party; it is only that KCR wants to outwit BJP and Congress. He wants the elections to be completed before both the parties take up campaign against his government and stabilise themselves. Sources revealed that even KTR, the heir apparent is also in favour of midterm polls. The Chief Minister, who is already projecting his son as the next CM, doesn’t want to take any chances by waiting till 2019. Though not announcing his intentions directly, KCR instructed his ministers and MLAs’ to be in their constituencies by the end of the month and judge the public mood and response to their policies and schemes. He asked them to visit every village and campaign about government schemes, bring awareness and prevent any negative campaign by the opposition parties. It is also know that, he asked his son to participate in district level party and public meetings and campaign about the government schemes and policies a la BJP strategy. Exactly, this is the way BJP has planned to go about for the 2019 general elections. They already instructed ministers and MPs, leaders to go into public and campaign about their schemes.
It is a known fact there are other contenders like Harish Rao who had been working for the party since its formation. A section of party cadre believe that he is more eligible to be the CM as he is more connected with grass root level leaders and cadre too. Precisely this is the reason why KCR wanted his son to visit every district and get in touch with the leaders and cadre there, thus he can emerge as a strong contender for the CM post. To make KTR more popular among the public, it is known that he is given special powers to take spot decisions on representations received and make announcements during public meetings. Thereby, get projected and introduced as the future CM.
All these indicate that preparations are on for mid-term polls in the state and many ruling party leaders are anonymously admitting this. It is also being said that KCR wants become active in national politics for the welfare of the State. He feels that he can effectively communicate with the Centre as national president of TRS. Rumour mills say that he is eyeing to be a part of the third front.
A major reshuffle in the State Cabinet is also on the offing by the end of the month. It is said that many popular ministers would be removed from their posts and would be given the task of strengthening the party at grass root level. More young faces would be seen and this team with KTR as their leader would be in the next elections ring. Already, the party started membership drive.