Has Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao set the muhurt to dissolve the State Assembly and go for early polls? This is the big question debated widely in the Telangana State and to some extent in the neighbouring Andhra Pradesh too.
There is talk all over about KCR’s next move. The date and time of KCR’s move to dissolve the State Assembly too have come out, while the authenticity is not established yet. According to the talk, KCR had set 6.45 am on September 6 as the auspicious time for the announcement to come about the dissolution of the State Assembly.
A cabinet meeting is likely to be held before the announcement comes. It is evident from the statements of KCR and some Telangana Rastra Samithi leaders that early election is forced on the State. KCR is not ready to wait for the general elections as that would have the anti-incumbency of prime minister Narendra Modi to have its impact on his Assembly election.
The Opposition Congress in the State is yet to pick up while the MIM is limited to the twin cities. The BJP too is limited to some pockets and thus KCR doesn’t see any threat to his party and his leadership this time. Though KCR may not win the numbers that he had in 2014, it is believed that he would have enough numbers to form the next government.
Once in the government, he can always be comfortable with the numbers by engineering defections, mostly from the Congress. This is the game plan that the Telangana’s first chief minister has in his mind for his next election.
The Congress, though is firm on winning the election this time, is a divided house and the leaders are busy fighting within. The squabbles deprive the party of putting up a united fight to defeat the ruling TRS. This – the squabbles in Congress – is an added advantage for the TRS to march forward with its own plans.
It is to be seen if KCR’s muhurt will become a reality to give him power for one more term or will it works against his luck.