Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is busy these days trying to build an alternative front to the UPA and NDA at the national level. He had first met West Bengal chief minister Mamatha Benerji and later met the Janata Dal (Secular) chief and former prime minister Deve Gowda. While his meeting with Mamata Benerji was seen as not so significant as the West Bengal chief minister did not show any enthusiasm, his meeting with Deve Gowda was seen as a clear attempt to help Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
KCR’s efforts are to help divide the anti-incumbency votes and thus favour Narendra Modi to retain power, with less majority compared to the present situation. There is anti-incumbency spreading fast across the country with the Congress and the Left parties taking lead. The situation is such that Modi would not get the huge majority that he got in the 2014 elections. In this background, KCR’s efforts would dilute and divide the anti-incumbency votes, with the Congress and Left sharing it on one side and KCR’s front taking a portion on the other. This would mean a clear advantage to Modi.
The timing of KCR’s visit to Karnataka and his call to vote for JD(S) was aimed at splitting the Telugu votes. He went to Karnataka a day before TDP launched campaign against BJP in Karnataka . It was also on the day when TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu announced his one day fast for April 20 and KCR had tried to divert the attention of the Telugu media from Chandrababu Naidu’s announcement.
Among the Telugu people in Karnataka, a greater number is from Andhra Pradesh and not Telangana. This way, KCR would have very few stakes in the Telugu vote bank in Karnataka when compared to the TDP’s share. Still, KCR rushed to Karnataka only to divert the media attention from Chandrababu Naidu.
KCR’s support to JD(S) is also seen as an attempt to divide the Congress votes and that would mean a clear help to BJP and Narendra Modi.