Telangana politics: Part II

June 28, 2008

The latest changes in equations of Telangana politics have adversely hit one man for sure: K.Chandrasekhara Rao. With a complete fiasco at the by-election, TRS still suffers from constant changes of their partymen into either Congress or Devendra Gowd group. Now, he will have to either tie up back with Congress or with his alma-mater, TDP. Ofcourse, as was already apparent, KCR is more likely to go with his hunch rather than ideologies or agendas. But, whatever happens, it will be yet another interesting political drama.

Other important development recently in Andhra Pradesh is the cessation of Mr.Devendra Gowd from TDP. He has attracted the attention of not just people and media, but also the support of many dissatisfied MLAs and partymen from TRS, TDP and Congress. But, at this juncture, he would have to take a decision about his alliance for the coming General elections. It is clear that he wouldn’t probably go for TDP; after having quit it over telangana. The other options are Congress and BJP, the two national parties which might ‘get’ Telangana, if they come to power at the Centre. BJP has already promised for a separate state if they come at Centre. Their image of being strong and quick in decision making might be another factor which might make him to favour the Lotus party over Congress or Left parties.

To augment this, BJP is ‘stronger’ in Telangana than anywhere in Andhra Pradesh, with ex-MPs like Bandaru Dattatreya, Indrasena Reddy and MLAs like Kishan Reddy etc., and this also might help significantly in adding to the vote-count. BJP would also look forward to form an alliance with a strong regional party, since they would be looking to consolidate in another state in the south, after their recent success in Karnataka. Ofcourse, they still lack a strong leader like Yedyurappa in Karnataka, which is a challenge for the BJP think-tank. But, with Mr.Gowd coming in the picture, the alliance might definitely be a symbiotic relation, if they succeed in striking one.

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