This year marks the 20 th year of formation of Telangana Rastra Samiti (TRS). The ruling party has lined up huge activities for the occasion and the plans for the same will be revealed to its party cadre as well as media during the party plenary to be held in Hyderabad on October 25. While everything seems too rosy and happy, there is a sense of unknown fear and uncertainty among the top leaders of TRS… the reason being the fear of losing the prestigious Huzurabad by-election!
TRS working president KT Rama Rao has called upon the party leaders for making the plenary followed by Vijaya Garjana to be held in Warangal on November 15 a grand success. The party cadre has been put to work on this programme since last one and half month, even as the top-wigs are busy fighting the battle for Huzurabad by-election.
While strengthening the party at ground level seems to be the main focus of the plenary and other celebrations attached TRS@20, the ground has been prepared for re-electing the party supremo K Chandrasekhar Rao as the president while KTR will remain as the working president. Yet another agenda that seems to be the focus of the plenary, according to insider information, the party leaders will be targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi led NDA government in centre for failure in various aspects including not being able to control inflation.
Plans are being made to make Vijaya Garjana a mega event of the party and it is being said that KTR has called for hiring 16,000 buses to transport party workers from all parts of the state for the event in Warangal. It is being planned that at every district and mandal level, TRS will see that festive atmosphere is created to mark TRS@20 and the cadre have been asked to carry forward the message of good deeds done by the party of the people.
Even as the TRS is planning large-scale celebrations, there is an amount of uncertainty that seems to be hampering the complete atmosphere. The reason is Huzurabad by-election which is slated for October 30 and by November 4, the results would be declared. Though the party leaders are confident of an easy victory, there is some kind of fear of losing the seat.
The reason for uncertainty is the track record of TRS at elections. During Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections, the party had promised to give all the eligible families Rs 10,000. The scheme was stopped by Election Commission since it was not appropriate to run such schemes during elections. TRS won the elections with a promise that it will resume the distribution of money, but many people across the city claim that the party has conveniently forgotten its promise. Similar thing happened at Nagarjunasagar by-election and now it seems the story will repeat even at Huzurabad.
This track record of the party is likely to affect TRS@20 celebrations and even the party leaders are aware of this fact but are keeping silent!