TRS may join NDA to checkmate Chandrababu

TRS may join NDA to checkmate Chandrababu

TRS may join NDA to checkmate Chandrababu

Notwithstanding denials from both the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), political buzz in Telangana is that the regional party would soon join the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government at the Centre.

Sources say that a back channel communication has been kept open to explore the possibilities of joining hands by the two parties for mutual benefit.

The TRS led by K Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR) had spearheaded the Telangana statehood movement and the party formed the first government in the state after its creation last year.

The general feeling among the party seniors is that the state will benefit greatly if the TRS supports the NDA, for better flow of funds.

On the other hand, the BJP had consistently supported the Telangana cause and it was the first mainstream party in combined Andhra Pradesh to have included the statehood promise in its 1999 manifesto.

The TRS and the BJP had fought the general elections in May last separately and the TRS got 11 Lok Sabha seats out of the total 17 and 63 seats in the 119-member Assembly.

The BJP won the Secunderabad Lok Sabha seat and five Assembly seats.
“The Centre seems to be indifferent towards the needs of Telangana, and it’s a known fact that Chandrababu Naidu is calling shots given his proximity with the NDA,” said a senior TRS leader. 

The speculation over the two parties coming together gathered momentum following the recent meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR) in New Delhi.

KCR, who never concealed his feelings about Modi, suddenly started praised him as “a visionary” just before leaving for Delhi and also nominated his daughter and Nizamabad MP, K Kavitha, as brand ambassador for the prime minister’s pet project “Swacch Bharat,” in Telangana.

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