Lull before the storm in Telangana

M Somasekhar Hyderabad | Updated on October 16, 2018 Published on October 16, 2018

Telangana Chief Minister and TRS supremo K Chandrasekhar Rao addresses party workers before submitting his government’s recommendation to dissolve the Assembly to the Governor, in Hyderabad, on Thursday kvs giri

With the Dussehra/Bathukamma festival in proximity, the ‘battle of the ballots’ in Telangana faces a slight lull. The ruling Telangana Rastra Samithi (TRS) and the opposition ‘Mahakutami’ are engaged in fine tuning their manifestos and candidates.

Chief Minister of Telangana, K Chandrasekhar Rao, has also taken a break after attacking the opposition in public meetings in Nizamabad, Mahboobnagar and Nalgonda.

Rao, who pushed the State into early polls, announced a plan to address meetings in 100 constituencies in 50 days. He also announced candidates for 105 of the 119 Assembly seats on September 6.

The Congress, which tried its best to counter the blistering attack with an array of its leaders responding in equal measure, is expecting its party president, Rahul Gandhi to finalise the alliance with the Telugu Desam Party, CPI and Telangana Jana Samithi (TJS) of M Kodandaram.

Rahul Gandhi will address three meetings in Telangana, including the biggest one in Kamareddy on October 20. The Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC), which is holding closed door meetings with the Mahakutami partners on strategy, common minimum programme and seat sharing, is expecting the Congress president to give final nod and bolster its campaign.

Corruption allegations

While the Congress is trying cobble up a strong opposition alliance, it is deploying party leaders to attack the KCR family, calling them corrupt.

Former Union Minister, S Jaipal Reddy fired a salvo at the government alleging that it favoured contractors from Andhra and benefited from kickbacks.

He cited two large infra companies, which he said received contracts worth ₹77, 000 crore.

Jaipal Reddy alleged that despite huge spendings on irrigation, the Government failed to deliver on the promise of providing safe drinking water. In the four and half year rule, the TRS has run up the entire State debt to ₹2 lakh crore.

The party is also expecting more leaders, cadre from the TRS to drift into its camp as the date for the elections scheduled nears. Uttam Kumar Reddy, its State Chief says several former MLAs, MLCs, district level leaders are ready to join.

Published on October 16, 2018
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