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Get ready for poll battle anytime, KCR tells TRS leaders

The TRS is organising a massive public meeting at Kongara Kalan on the outskirts of Hyderabad on September 2 to present the progress report of the four-year old KCR government.

india Updated: Aug 25, 2018 00:05 IST
Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
Hindustan Times
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KCR, as the chief minister is popularly called, addressed an extended executive committee meeting of the party, for over two hours.(HT File Photo)

Lending credence to speculations of early assembly elections, Telangana chief minister Telangana Rashtra Samithi president K Chandrasekhar Rao on Friday asked party functionaries to get ready for the battle “which may begin anytime from now”.

KCR, as the chief minister is popularly called, addressed an extended executive committee meeting of the party, including party MPs, MLAs and MLCs at Telangana Bhavan for nearly two hours, before leaving for New Delhi on a three-day visit.

“Leave it to me on when to make an announcement on the elections. They can be conducted anytime from now. So, be prepared for the battle. We are going to win majority of the seats and there is no doubt about it,” he said, as per a party MLA.

The TRS is organising a massive public meeting at Kongara Kalan on the outskirts of Hyderabad on September 2 to present the progress report of the four-year old KCR government.

During Friday’s party meeting, the TRS chief explained in detail about the arrangements to be made for the public meeting.

“He has set a target of mobilising at least 20-25,000 people from each of 119 constituencies so that the total turnout to the meeting would be around 25 lakh,” the TRS MLA said.

Another TRS MLA said KCR might make an announcement on the early elections at the September 2 public meeting itself and would go in for dissolution of the assembly in the first week of September.

The TRS government on Friday also announced a series of populist measures, including construction of “Atma Gourava Bhavanams” (Buildings of self-respect) in Hyderabad for all backward communities at a cost of Rs 2 crore on two acres each, free domestic power supply to all SC/STs for a consumption up to 101 units a month, monthly remuneration of Rs 5,000 for imams and muezzins in all mosques in the state and enhancement of retirement age for priests of all temples from 58 years to 65 years, besides paying them monthly salaries on par with the state government employees.

Besides, KCR announced enhancement of salaries of temporary teaching and non-teaching staff of new residential schools, appointed chairpersons to some corporations and academies, and set in motion the reshuffle of his administration by transferring a few IAS officers in crucial positions.

The sudden decision of the chief minister to go to New Delhi in the evening to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and a few Union ministers also added to the speculations of early polls.

Though the official communication from the chief minister’s office said he had gone to represent on several issues concerning the state to the Centre, the issues were actually not new as it was only on August 4 that KCR had met Modi with the same wish list. The actual agenda of KCR, according to the TRS sources, is to brief the Prime Minister about his decision to go for early elections.

In fact, former chief secretary and presently advisor to the state government Rajiv Sharma had a meeting with Chief Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa in Delhi on Thursday to discuss the possibility of holding the elections to Telangana along with other states like Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan in November/December.

“After getting clarity from the Prime Minister and the Election Commission, KCR will make an announcement on early elections,” a party source said.

First Published: Aug 24, 2018 19:15 IST