TRS plenary paints Khammam pink

TRS plenary paints Khammam pink
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The atmosphere here was electric with Khammam turning into a pink city flooded with giant hoardings, flexis, posters predominantly featuring TRS supremo K Chandrasekhar Rao on the eve of one-day plenary to mark the 15th anniversary of the founding of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS).

Khammam: The atmosphere here was electric with Khammam turning into a pink city flooded with giant hoardings, flexis, posters predominantly featuring TRS supremo K Chandrasekhar Rao on the eve of one-day plenary to mark the 15th anniversary of the founding of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS).

It’s apparent that holding the plenary in Khammam is a well thought out strategy for the TRS especially against the backdrop that the party didn’t fare well in 2014 elections while it ruled roost in many other districts.

The fact is that even at the height of thanks-giving wave the people delivered to the TRS in 2014 elections for championing the cause of separate statehood, the party had just managed to win lone seat – Kothagudem.

KCR’s political master stroke came when he roped in Telugu Desam strongman Tummala Nageshwar Rao into his party fold. It resulted in huge dividends for the party as the move almost emptied the TDP in the district.

“The aim of the TRS is to capture entire Khammam district in the 2019 elections,” a senior party leader said, referring to the party’s success in the recently held Khammam Municipal Corporation elections.

With the floor crossing of two Congress MLAs – Koram Kanakaiah (Yellandu) and Puvvada Ajay Kumar (Khammam) and two YSR Congress MLAs – Banoth Madan Lal (Wyra) and Thati Venkateswarlu (Aswaraopet), the party now seemingly strengthened in the last couple of years but KCR wants it stabilize to the grass-root levels.

It may be mentioned here that barring one panchayat, the TRS has no representation in the local bodies. The exodus of leaders into TRS happened only post Tummala’s arrival to the party fold. This, KCR wants to address.

Besides this, the party wants to correct its negative image in the district that it never focused on the issues of the district. The plenary also gained significance in view of Palair by-poll scheduled for May 16.

The funds allocated for the Srirama Project and the Bhakta Ramadasu Lift Schemes also indicate that party is trying seriously to keep its impact on the district. Recently, KCR also announced Rs 100 crore for the development of Sri Sita Ramachandra Swamy temple in Bhadrachalam.

Meanwhile, the sprawling Cherukuri Gardens, a serene hangout for the locals, is all decked up to host about 4,000 delegates coming across from the 10 districts of the State on Wednesday.

This apart, a public meeting will be held at the SR&BGNR Government Degree College Grounds at 6pm. The elaborate arrangements included a wide range of dishes both vegetarian and non-vegetarian for breakfast and lunch.

In view of searing temperatures, air conditioning facility with a capacity of about 150 tonnes, 60 jumbo coolers and air-mix water spraying sprinklers have been arranged for the comfort of delegates.

Apart from having discussion of the development of the state since 2014, the party will also introduce 15 resolutions – Welfare, Irrigation, Mission Kakatiya, Mission Bhageeratha, Double Bedroom plan, IT and Industrial Policy, Haritha Haram, Drought and other issues.

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