Telangana Meeting Election 2018: As KCR and Congress commerce barbs, hypothesis grows about TRS, BJP ‘friendship’
Ok Chandrashekar Rao raised fairly a number of eyebrows with this statement on 6 September. The caustic remark was additionally outstanding because it was made at a press convention quite than a political rally. This assertion was presumably probably the most dramatic trace that KCR considers the Congress to be his principal opponent, and it left analysts questioning if he has a tacit understanding with the Bharatiya Janata Get together (BJP).
Whereas within the latest occasions, KCR has directed extra firepower at Telugu Desam Get together chief Chandrababu Naidu in the course of the Telangana Meeting election marketing campaign, speculation is rife a few tacit understanding between the TRS and BJP.
To make certain, his Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) had given hints of this strategy earlier. In June, when chief ministers of four states held a joint press convention to precise their assist to their Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal in his agitation in opposition to Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, KCR was absent. The press convention was meant to be a present of Opposition unity, however the Telangana chief minister gave it a miss regardless of being in Delhi. This was a stark distinction to his strategy not lengthy earlier than that, when he made a push for Opposition unity, saying that an alternative choice to the Congress and BJP would quickly emerge to convey a few qualitative change in Indian politics.
Additional, in the course of the no-confidence motion within the Monsoon Session of Parliament, TRS MPs walked out of the Home minutes earlier than the voting started, which successfully benefited the central authorities.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi additionally alleged that KCR and the BJP are working collectively behind the scenes, remarking that Rao and Modi have a “friendship,” and that the previous helps any determination of the saffron celebration. Comparable remarks have been made by different Congress leaders.
For example, The Telegraph quoted Telangana Congress chief Uttam Kumar Reddy as saying that KCR is a “despotic” and “corrupt” chief who’s a puppet of Modi. One other celebration chief alleged that the state and Lok Sabha elections have been de-linked as a result of KCR needed to safe Muslim votes for the TRS earlier than he unveiled his pact with Modi.
The TRS chief has attainable motives each for aligning with the BJP and Opposition alliance. On one hand, as this article points out, the BJP isn’t a major challenger for the TRS in Telangana and should, in truth, assist to separate the anti-TRS vote in some city constituencies.
Within the 2014 Meeting election (earlier than the state was bifurcated), the BJP received solely 5 seats within the Telangana area. Furthermore, TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu has now taken an initiative to fulfill Opposition leaders in a bid to forge a broad alliance. Contemplating that Naidu and KCR are identified to be bitter rivals, it’s not clear whether or not the TRS would wish to be in the identical camp on the TDP.
Then again, one issue that would lead KCR to gravitate in direction of the Opposition alliance is the opportunity of turning into what an article on News18 described as “Rahul Gandhi’s Manmohan Singh.” The latest assertion by senior Congress chief P Chidambaram that the celebration has not formally declared Rahul as its prime ministerial candidate can additional serve to lift the hopes of regional events. Earlier this 12 months, Opposition events — together with the TRS — can also have seen with eager curiosity the developments after the Karnataka elections, when the Congress gave up the submit of the chief minister for the JD(S), regardless of securing way more seats than the latter.
In the midst of campaigning for the state election, KCR has aimed most of his barbs at Naidu, and invoked Telangana pride. He has known as Naidu a “traitor to Telangana” and dubbed the TDP an “Andhra celebration”. The TDP chief, on his half, has attacked the TRS in considerably comparable phrases because the Congress, and alleged that KCR has “colluded” with Modi to focus on him.
With each the TDP and Congress making such insinuations concerning the TRS, it stays to be seen how the Telangana Meeting election outcome impacts the BJP’s footprint in southern India, and nationwide politics typically. What can definitely be stated, for now, is that the bonhomie between the TRS and the TDP seen in the course of the inauguration of Amaravati, when KCR described Naidu as his best friend, is way faraway from the current circumstances.