After the Triumph of TRS (Telangana Rashtra Samithi) party in 2014 elections and the party’s performance in serving the state, it is highly possible that TRS might win to stay in power for another 5 years. But the formation of a strong opposition to the party is substantial to any state’s progress who is going to form this opposition has not yet become clear in Telangana state.
Congress can be said that it has some stronghold in some areas of Telangana and so does BJP. However, the major battle will be between TRS and Congress and given the power TRS holds in the state, the smaller independent parties are expected to go with TRS. Rumor has it that if Pawan Kalyan’s Jana Sena party contests in Telangana state, smaller parties like CPI and CPM might form an alliance with the party like in Andhra Pradesh.
Also, the emergence of a new party called the Telangana Jana Samithi founded by M Kodandaram in March 2018 as a political alternative to TRS might affect the elections in 2019. On its own, the party may not be that effective against the all-powerful TRS but if an alliance forms among Congress, Left Parties and the TJS, there may be a slight distribution of power and a chance to form a worthy opposition against TRS in Telangana. The Telangana Congress Committee President Uttam Kumar Reddy indicated in this matter that Congress is open for alliances even with TDP.
TRS has its alliance in Hyderabad with AIMIM and it has been going well in the past few years. So, in the upcoming Telangana elections 2019, the predominant battle will be between Congress and the TRS. The formation of alliance though might not affect the output, is capable of forming a strong opposition making it better for the people of Telangana State.
Telangana Elections likely to be held in 2018
Assembly Dissolution and Election Commission Decision
Surprising the opposition, Telangana’s Chief Minister K Chandra Sekhara Rao and his cabinet have dissolved the assembly and passed a resolution seeking early elections for the state of Telangana. The decision to dissolve assembly was submitted to the governor on 6th of September 2018 and at the request of Governor, KCR remained the caretaker CM of the state until the elections.
The move as explained by analysts was to fight the Congress-TDP Alliance in Telangana. It was unprecedented and was bold of him to dissolve the assembly 9 months before the general elections especially since the past experiences of CM like Chandra Babu Naidu weren’t that fruitful.
While the final decision is yet to be revealed by the Election Commission, there is a good chance that Telangana’s elections might take place along with the states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Mizoram.
After submitting the resolution to the Governor, KCR has announced a list of 105 candidates from Telangana Rashtra Samithi. In the press conference, KCR addressed the public and emphasized that the move is not political at all and revised the leadership of Telangana government. He iterated that before 2014, there were many issues in Telangana like Bomb Blasts, lack of proper electricity, etc. and after the advent of Telangana government, all those were solved. He expressed his confidence that TRS will win more than 100 seats in the upcoming elections 2018.
Speaking of alliances, Chandra Sekhara Rao denied that there would be any alliances and that they would contesting elections alone even though he explained later that their friendship with MIM will remain unchanged. Speaking of Congress, he called Rahul Gandhi the biggest buffoon remembering his (Rahul Gandhi’s) hugging of Modi in the parliament and winking after. He also made it clear that TRS won’t be forming an alliance with BJP either since TRS is a secular party.
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