The Congress leaders are slowly trying to stake claim the credit for getting statehood for Telangana. Though they were expected to do it in 2014 itself as they faced stiff resistance for bifurcation, the Congress leaders in Telangana could not focus on it as they have given up the hopes of winning the election. Having realised the error, they are slowly pushing the statehood idea to win the voters.
Telangana Congress working president Revanth Reddy, who had joined the party recently from the Telugu Desam Party, is ahead of other leaders in taking this statehood issue to the people. The Congress should have received the credit to form the first government of the State. But the credit had gone to the Telangana Rastra Samithi and its chief Chandrasekhar Rao.
Woke up five years later, the Congress leadership is focusing more on establishing the statehood credentials for the Congress, just ahead of the elections. Interestingly, this slogan is going well deeper into the grassroots, raising the hopes of the Congress leaders.
The Telangana activists who have sacrificed their time and energies for the statehood were neglected by the TRS government in the last four years. The TRS did not honour the activists and perhaps that is one of the reasons for Prof. Kodandaram to float Telangana Jana Samithi against the TRS. He has already tied-up with the Congress along with the Telugu Desam Party.
The Opposition, which was united now, except the MIM, is penetrating deeper into the grassroots with its campaign. Congress star campaigners Revanth Reddy and Vijayashanti are active in taking the party to the door steps of the voters. This is creating panic in the ruling TRS, where only Minister K T Rama Rao is leading the campaign.
One wonders why chief minister Chandrasekhar Rao is silent these days. Though he is expected to be seen and heard every day as election is crucial for the party, he is not taking the required role, leaving the battle for his son, KTR, who is projected as the future chief minister of the State.
It is to be seen if KTR would match the star campaigning of the Opposition, which is led by the Congress, and retain the power for another five years.