Sunday, September 23, 2018 03:07 AM

KCR's breakneck speed to dissolve Telangana Assembly catches Opposition off guard; smartly delinks state, Lok Sabha polls

Telangana chief minister and Telangana Rashtra Samithi chief Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao, more popularly known as KCR, has inflicted a surgical strike on the Opposition by dissolving the state Assembly few months ahead of schedule and declaring 105 of 119 candidates on the day of dissolution besides taking a calculated risk by announcing the names of almost all his sitting MLAs.

The TRS supremo is holding his first election meeting at Husnabad on Friday and plans to tour 100 Assembly segments in 50 days to remain much ahead of his rivals in the electioneering.

The speed with which KCR took key decisions that went beyond political speculation indicates that careful planning went into the whole process. The outgoing chief minister held meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi ostensibly to get the state grievances addressed. However, insiders told Firstpost that, political matters were high on the agenda when the two leaders met. The central leadership of the BJP which is not averse to and in fact would love to rope in TRS to the NDA fold in case the need arises post-2019 has readily agreed to the idea of premature dissolution. Though the Centre's approval is not technically needed in regard to the constitutional scheme as far as the dissolution of state Assembly is concerned, the shrewd politician in KCR ensured that there would not be any political roadblocks in realising his strategy of early elections. Even KCR acknowledged this in his press conference immediately after dissolution. By disclosing that he himself was in touch with the chief election commissioner to ensure that elections are not delayed at any cost. KCR averred that Telangana would also go to polls along with Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh.
 
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