Seeking to expand its electoral footprint beyond Telangana, the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) on Wednesday changed its name to Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS).

Over two decades after the founding of the party with the objective of carving out a separate Telangana from Andhra Pradesh, the party adopted a unanimous resolution at its general body meeting here, rechristening it as BRS.

Now, the goal is to take on the BJP and emerge as a national force to reckon with, bringing together like-minded parties.

In the presence of JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy, Tamil Nadu's VCK leader Thol Thirumavalavan, TRS president and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao proposed the name change resolution and it was unanimously passed at the meeting.

Rao's announcement of the name change was welcomed by party functionaries with a big round of applause and amid chants of "KCR Zindabad and TRS Zindabad."

The change of name is to expand the party's activities nationwide and the party's constitution is also amended accordingly, Rao said.

The TRS rank and file, who gathered outside the Telangana Bhavan, the TRS headquarters here, went ecstatic and burst crackers and distributed sweets soon after the announcement.

"Desh ke neta KCR" chants reverberated and similar slogans were seen in posters. "Desh ke neta KCR," "Dear India he is coming", and "KCR is on the way", were among the slogans prominently displayed in banners, that could be seen in and around the venue of the meet besides other locations in the city.

To take on BJP

Rao, who has been very critical of the BJP for about a year, is expected to step up his attack against the saffron party and its government at the Centre.

Significantly, the name change move comes against the backdrop of next year's Telangana Legislative Assembly election and the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.

The BRS would showcase the welfare programmes being implemented in Telangana like 'Rythu Bandhu' investment support schemes for farmers and 'Dalit Bandhu' (grant of Rs 10 lakh per household to Dalits).

The change of name by the TRS was welcomed by its friendly party AIMIM of Asaduddin Owaisi, while the opposition BJP and Congress dismissed it as a non-starter.

‘Misadventurism’

Telangana PCC President Revanth Reddy alleged Rao has killed the existence of Telangana, and renaming the party is to settle family disputes and fulfill political greed.

Claiming that KCR is "not eligible" to contest elections in Telangana, Reddy said he strongly condemned Rao's "evil ideas".

Telangana BJP chief spokesperson K Krishna Sagar Rao dubbed Chief Minister Rao's national political entry plan a “misadventurism”.

While Chandrasekhar Rao struggled to keep "his government operational financially", the national level expansion bid is an unworthy exercise.

KCR's “misadventurism” in planning national political entry, while struggling to keep his government operational financially is an unworthy exercise, Sagar Rao said.

"This is not the first time a regional party nurtured national ambition. Many regional parties since 1947 have tried and failed. AIADMK, DMK, TDP, SP, BSP, RJD, JD(U), TMC and recently Aam Admi Party are few," the BJP spokesperson said.

Krishna Sagar Rao said the BJP believes that there's no 'Telangana Model' and it exists only in the fictitious imagination of CM KCR. One can't sell a model to the nation, which doesn't exist.

Munugode by-poll

Rao's move to accelerate his political fight against the BJP coincides with the announcement of schedule for Munugode by-poll in Telangana by the Election Commission. The polling is scheduled to be held on November 3 and votes would be counted on November 6.

Party sources said that the change of name would be communicated to the Election Commission as per rules.

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