KCR raring to hit 100 seats in coming elections
Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is understood to have decided to dissolve the Telangana Assembly immediately after Pragati Nivedana Sabha scheduled on September 2 where he would kickstart election campaign
Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is understood to have decided to dissolve the Telangana Assembly immediately after Pragati Nivedana Sabha scheduled on September 2 where he would kick-start election campaign.
Though the Chief Minister, while addressing a joint meeting of TRS state executive, TRS Parliamentary and Legislature parties, did not say so explicitly. He, however, reportedly dropped subtle hints to this effect.
The party leaders surmise that KCR might go in for dissolution of Assembly even before the monsoon session begins.
They attach importance to KCR's meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to be scheduled in the next two days, to seek his support as he wants fresh elections held for Telangana Assembly in December along with the four North Indian States.
The sources feel that if KCR gets a categorical assurance that Election Commission would immediately notify elections for Telangana Assembly, he would dissolve the Assembly after the public meeting.
The Chief Minister wants an unequivocal assurance from Modi that elections to Telangana assembly would be held in December, since after the dissolution of the Assembly as there is always the danger of the Centre imposing President's rule. If the Centre, instead of imposing President rule, directs the Election Commission, then TRS gambit will succeed, the sources said.
As on Friday, Chandrasekhar Rao appeared confident that early elections are possible for Assembly and that TRS would romp home without any difficulty.
"We are going to win more than 100 seats in the elections. All sitting MLAs would get tickets except, may be, five to six seats where the change would be made after consulting the incumbent MLAs. Those who would make way for new faces would be amply rewarded with other responsibilities," Chandrasekhar Rao said.
Setting the tone for the election, Chandrasekhar Rao announced several sops for various sections of people. They include Atmagourava Bhavans for BCs as they are more than 50 per cent of the population, increasing remuneration to imams to Rs.5,000 from the present Rs 1,500 sine minorities are crucial for his victory.
The other measures include free power supply to the SCs and STs for the first 100 unit consumed. The ceiling hitherto was only up to 50 units. Archakas would get their salaries paid by Endowment Department and staff of mini-gurukulam would get a hike in their salaries.
“Be ready for elections whenever they come. I will let you know whenever there will be election. We will get more than 100 but not below 100 seats. Go to the people and tell them what the government has done for them,” said a senior TRS leader. He said that further clarity would be coming after the Delhi visit of the Chief Minister.
The Chief Minister has left for New Delhi and would be meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and apprise him about his plans.
Sources also said that the Chief Minister also assured tickets to maximum number of sitting MLAs. “Most of you will get tickets except for five to six where there are some problems. However, they would be accommodated in the council seats,” said the Chief Minister in the meeting.
The Chief Minister had promised to take the feedback of the leaders before making adjustments. He gave clarity to the members that the candidates would be announced in September only. The Chief Minister said that he would complete campaign by touring 100 constituencies in 50 days, said a TRS leader.
The Chief Minister has called up on the leaders to make the biggest-ever public meeting ‘Pragathi Nivedana Sabha’ on September 2 a grand success stating that it would be a historic meeting as 25 lakh people will be expected. He told the party leaders that the party would use the public meeting to inform the people about what the government has done during the last four-and-a-half years.
The CM asked the party leaders to bring as many people as possible to the public meeting. “The maximum number of people you bring to the public meeting would mean these many votes are yours so come with maximum numbers and make the meeting historic,” said the CM to the MLAs and MPs.
Earlier in the day, the Chief Minister visited the public meeting place Kongara Kalan near Ibrahimpatnam. The Chief Minister instructed the leaders to hold district-wise meetings for crowd gathering for the meeting.
The Chief Minister has given the responsibility of crowd gathering from the city to Ministers T Padma Rao Goud and T Srinivas Yadav. The ministers, MLAs and constituency incharges have been asked to ensure maximum crowd from the city since the meeting is very near to the city.