Certainly yes, the Transformed national party BRS, old parties like TDP and BJP are in the making of new strategies, regrouping, leadership changes and adopting new political strategies to make place in Telangana politics.
Politics really does bring unusual people together! Things have drastically changed in Telangana over the past few months, where the Telugu Desam Party had been eclipsed by the phenomenal rise of the former Telangana Rashtra Samiti. As a result, the TDP now has room to make a comeback, either on its own or by supporting the burgeoning Bharatiya Janata Party.
There has been a perception in some circles that the once region-specific TRS party has room for “inclusivity” after it reemerged as BRS with the stated goal of becoming a formidable political force at the national level. Telangana has traditionally singled out Andhra Pradesh, blaming its leadership alone for the state of Telangana prior to gaining statehood.
The TRS has often argued that the AP government took advantage of Telangana, which was forcibly merged with the then-existing Andhra Pradesh. On 1 November 1956, the long-cherished desire of the Telugu people having their own state was realised.
The then-Union administration, led by Indira Gandhi, rejected the call for separate states notwithstanding the initial Telangana state agitation in 1969 and the people’s mandate in the Lok Sabha elections of 1971 in favour of the separate state.
The former Telangana Rastra Samiti (TRS) was founded on April 27, 2001, in Konda Lakshman Bapuji’s home in “Jaladrudhyam,” by K Chandrasekhar Rao, a dependable aide to then-chief minister K Chandrababu Naidu, with the express goal of achieving statehood for Telangana.
TRS received entire credit for attaining a separate state with public support despite having only two Lok Sabha MPs at the time, thanks to the UPA led by Congress that was in power. Telangana’s citizens trusted KCR and offered him the first chance to lead India’s newest state. In 2018, TRS was successful in regaining the support of the electorate.
KCR is currently seeking support from Andhra people in his new role as leader of BRS. This implies he or BRS can no longer afford to fume at ‘Andhra leaders’ who had ‘betrayed’ the interests of Telangana region. This changed atmosphere across Telangana gives elbow room for the Telugu Desam Party to put out green shoots again.
The development of BRS has transformed the situation right now. The TDP has jumped into TS to reorganise its dormant unit in the state, striking while the iron is hot. Even though it lacks even a single MLA or MLC, the TDP kicked things off with a rally in Khammam. Given BRS’s aspirations for the country, TDP is confident that there won’t be any obstacles in the way of its comeback in Telangana.
The TDP has been contacting its former leaders who joined the TRS in search of better opportunities. The standard response from its former MLAs was, “We had no choice but to join TRS, if only for the growth of our constituencies. Although the TDP may not have any current ambitions to rule Telangana, it can still aim for a sizable number that will be important in the endgame.
The most crucial factor in the altered situation is thought to be the TDP’s relationships with the BJP. In order to ensure that the governing YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) in Andhra Pradesh is defeated, the TDP is considering forming an alliance with the BJP and the Jana Sena Party of actor Pawan Kalyan in the 2024 elections.
It may be useful for BJP to have an alliance or otherwise ensure support from TDP in Telangana as the latter is competing with Congress in taking on KCR. Sailing with BJP in both Telugu states may be useful for TDP. In AP, it also has the compulsion of preventing Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy from getting closer to BJP. #Khabarlive #hydnews #hydlive