KCR hints at early polls

Six months ahead of the schedule for the next round of general elections, Telangana Rastra Samithi chief and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, gave enough hints at the State going for early polls. He had also announced that the TRS would name its candidates for the Assembly in September this year, exactly a fortnight away from now.

He is predicting the elections to the State Assembly in December this year itself, six months ahead of the original schedule. Hopefully he wants his Telangana to go for polls along with Mizoram, which is scheduled to have elections to its State Assembly in December itself. The three states, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh too have Assembly elections before 20, January 2019, which may also be pulled together with Mizoram.

Chandrasekhar Rao sees that the Election Commission would hold polls to these States and he wants to go with them. He sees no threat to his party in the State as the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party in Telangana. Though the Congress is making its efforts to return to power in the State, the internal squabbles and lack of strong leadership keeps the party away from the chances of winning the polls.

The BJP too is weak in Telangana, except for a few pocks in Hyderabad and its surroundings. The BJP could not expand its base to the rest of the State, though the party is in power at the Centre for the past four years and its chief Amit Shah had visited the State twice to boost its image. Nothing worked in its favour and the party has no hopes of forming the government in the State any time in the near future.

The weak opposition thus gives an advantage to Chandrasekhar Rao to challenge his rivals. Though his graph is not as good as it was before 2014, the absence of strong opposition gives him the advantage to take a call on advancing the polls. However, it is clear that he may not see his victory as brighter in 2019 as it was in 2014 for him. There is a chance of the Congress and BJP eating into his vote bank this time.

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