Hyderabad, Jan 14: Telangana is all set to witness birth of a new political front this month and much-awaited political party under the leadership of Telangana Joint Action Committee (T-JAC) next month.
These developments could trigger hectic political activity in the run up to next year’s simultaneous polls to state assembly and Lok Sabha.
January 25 will see the formal launch of the Bahujan Left Front (BLF), a joint front of 28 organisations. The front will be inaugurated at a meeting in Hyderabad which will be addressed by CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, Prakash Ambedkar and MCPI(U) leader MD Ghouse.
BLF, representing diverse social groups and progressive parties, plans to contest all 119 assembly seats. It hopes to mobilise a wide range of social groups and channelise the discontent against ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS).
CPI(M) state secretary Tammineni Veerabhadram officially announced the formation of BLF. It comprises CPI(M), MCPI(U), Majlis Bachao Tehreek, Rajyadhikara Party and other smaller parties.
CPI, CPI(ML)and New Democracy have still not responded to the invitation to join the front.
The front will be projecting itself as an alternative to not just TRS but also to opposition Congress, TDP and BJP. Social justice and state’s development in all sectors will be its main agenda.
“All the previous governments have only contributed to helping the rich corporates while the poor people have been exploited and hence this alternative front is intended to work for the marginalised sections,” said Veerabhadram, who will be the convenor of the front.
Dalit ideologue Professor Kancha Ilaiah, who addressed a meeting of the BLF two days ago, opined that the front will bring political change in Telangana. “CPI(M) party’s initiative to unite Left and Bahujan forces will contribute to achieving the ideals of Ambedkar, Jyothiba Phule and Marx, bringing change in the state,” he said.
CPI(M) took the initiative to form BLF as its leaders had led a five-month long Mahajana Pada Yatra covering all towns and districts in the state to raise people’s issues and mobilise them for struggles.
The second major development in the state is expected to be T-JAC transforming itself into a full-fledged political party. Kodandaram will be formally announcing the launch of the party next month.
Kodandaram, who had played a key role in Telangana movement, said he was under a lot of pressure from Telangana supporters to float the party. “They are questioning the utility of T-JAC merely confining to social and voluntary work at present without being in any position to bring fundamental changes in politics,” he said.
Once a friend of TRS chief K. Chandrasekhar Rao and now a bitter critic of the chief minister, Kodandaram says that politics in the state under the ruling TRS is full of nepotism and corruption and none of the goals set for the state in the movement for its formation were realised.
“The people looked for alternative politics to usher in a transformation process to realise the goals. The ruling party continued the same old politics as in combined state, of extending largesse to contractors from Andhra,” he said.
It remains to be seen if Kodandaram joins hands with BLF to put up a united fight against TRS in the next elections.
Two other faces who will be key in this process of political realignment are Pawan Kalyan and Gaddar. The actor has already announced that his Jana Sena will contest elections in both the Telugu states and he is open to joining hands with like-minded forces.
Gaddar has dropped hints that he may work with Pawan Kalyan. The balladeer is also looking to forge an alliance with non-political organisations. He wants to use elections as a mechanism for change.“I want to be the catalyst for change in Telangana,” said Gaddar.
Political observers say if Kodandaram, Pawan Kalyan and Gaddar join hands with BLF, the state may witness emergence of a formidable force to challenge TRS.