Has KCR won the confidence of Modi?

Three days in Delhi, has Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, won the confidence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to go for the early elections to the State Assembly? Though he is looking at the possibilities of advancing the Assembly polls to December, along with the four other States, he should get the nod from the Prime Minister to follow the constitutional provisions.

If Chandrasekhar Rao wants the Assembly elections in December instead of May 2019, six months ahead of the original schedule, he has to dissolve the Assembly. He is planning to recommend the dissolution of the Assembly to the Governor E S L Narasimhan first. KCR has to send the resignations of his government to the Governor with a recommendation to dissolve the Assembly.

The Governor then would have to act on this and forward the recommendation to the President, who acts on the recommendations of the Governor and the Central Cabinet. Though the options are limited for the Governor and the President on this issue, as there is no potential opposition in the State to stake claim to form the next government, it is the President who has to send a communication to the Election Commission about the dissolution of the Assembly. Only then the EC would consider holding elections to the Assembly.

The EC taking decision to hold elections to Telangana Assembly along with the elections to Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram States will depend on the recommendations of the government about the vacancy in the State Assembly.

The big question before Chandrasekhar Rao and his TRS is will the Governor and the President follow this constitutional obligation as per his wish or would delay the process. This all depends on how he is related to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has to allow the Governor and the President to complete the constitutional obligation of writing to the EC to hold elections in December.

Modi saying yes to KCR would mean that the TRS chief is in good terms with the NDA and that would in other way mean that his plans of the third front were just a political game to divert the attention of the people.

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