KTR SAYS NAIDU’S CAM­PAIGN CAUSED DAM­AGE TO KU­TAMI

Lead­ers likely to shift loy­al­ties eye­ing LS elec­tions

Deccan Chronicle - - Front Page - S.A. ISHAQUI | DC

Re­it­er­at­ing that the TRS would win 100 seats, care­taker min­is­ter K.T. Rama Rao on Satur­day said that af­ter De­cem­ber 11, “so­called psephol­o­gist” La­gada­p­ati Ra­jagopal who has al­ready taken ‘po­lit­i­cal sanyas’ will have to take sur­vey sanyas also.

He said the turnout of vot­ers was an in­di­ca­tion of the silent rev­o­lu­tion and the TRS would record a re­sound­ing vic­tory on De­cem­ber 11. He said the cam­paign of AP CM N. Chan­drababu Naidu had caused huge dam­age to the Op­po­si­tion al­liance.

The fo­cus of po­lit­i­cal par­ties will now shift to the Lok Sabha elec­tions sched­uled in April next year, and the out­come of the De­cem­ber 7 state Assem­bly elec­tions will de­fine the course of pol­i­tics over the next few months.

Based on the re­sults, there is a like­li­hood of po­lit­i­cal po­lar­i­sa­tion in the state. Be­sides, it is ex­pected that lead­ers from the los­ing par­ties will start de­fect­ing to the win­ning side. They are said to be wait­ing for the re­sults which will be de­clared on De­cem­ber 11. Sev­eral lead­ers changed po­lit­i­cal par­ties due to sev­eral rea­sons in the run-up to the Assem­bly elec­tions.

The Congress has said that the Peo­ple’s Front will con­tinue for the Lok Sabha elec­tions as well. The TRS con­tested the elec­tions with­out al­ly­ing with any po­lit­i­cal party. The MIM gave it out­side sup­port.

The fu­ture re­la­tions be­tween the TRS and the BJP is cre­at­ing some in­ter­est. The BJP has al­ready an­nounced that if the TRS dis­tances it­self from the MIM, it could give it sup­port to form gov­ern­ment af­ter the re­sults.

The MIM has said that there is a chance of the TRS join­ing hands with the BJP af­ter the Assem­bly elec­tions. If that hap­pens, the MIM will take a po­lit­i­cal de­ci­sion with re­gard to its re­la­tions with the TRS.

The Congress is try­ing to get close to the MIM to en­cash on any op­por­tu­nity. Congress lead­ers have said that if the MIM un­der­stands the TRS’ moves, they are ready to join hands with it.

Po­lit­i­cal cir­cles ex­pect other de­vel­op­ments as well. Jana Sena pres­i­dent Pawan Kalyan has an­nounced that his party will con­test in Te­lan­gana state in the Lok Sabha elec­tions. He has a soft corner for TRS pres­i­dent and care­taker Chief Min­is­ter K. Chan­drasekhar Rao and against Tel­ugu De­sam supremo and AP Chief Min­is­ter N. Chan­drababu Naidu and the Congress as well.

The Jana Sena has no party cadre in Te­lan­gana ex­cept Mr Kalyan fans. If the Jana Sena con­tests on its own in TS, it will have no sin­gle strong seat.

The Left par­ties have joined hands with the Jana Sena in AP but in TS, the CPI and CPM have gone their dif­fer­ent ways. In the Assem­bly elec­tions, the CPI joined the Peo­ple’s Front while the CPM formed the Bahu­jan Left Front (BLF) with other Left par­ties and or­gan­i­sa­tions.

The chance of the Jana Sena and the CPM join­ing hands with the TRS can­not be ruled out. Mr Chan­drasekhar Rao wants to play a key role in na­tional pol­i­tics af­ter the Lok Sabha elec­tions and for this, the TRS will have to win most of the seats in th state. To achieve this, the TRS may have no ob­jec­tion to ally with the Jana Sena and the CPM.

In Te­lan­gana state, the CPM has kept its dis­tance from the Congress and the TRS but on the re­quest of Mr Kalyan may change its view on the rul­ing party.

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