Telangana: Former Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy and DMK ally Thol Thirumavalavan appeared at the major event on Dussehra as special guests.
Aiming for a national position ahead of the 2024 elections, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao today unveiled the Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS), a new iteration of his party, at the deemed “auspicious moment” of 1.19 pm.
Mr. Rao declared the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) to be the BRS after his party’s conference. Workers rejoiced by lighting fireworks and dousing Hyderabad in the pink color of the festival.
The Election Commission, which has guidelines for recognizing any party as national, was informed of the “name-change.”
The new party must either be recognized as a state party in at least four states or have received 6% of the vote in any four states and four Lok Sabha seats in order to be considered a national organization. Alternatively, the party has to win 2% of the Lok Sabha’s (11 seats) in at least three states.
The TRS now solely controls Telangana, where it is quite powerful.
Mr. Rao has stated his intention to run against the BJP and the incumbent Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2024. He has significantly increased his criticism against the BJP in the last year, boycotting PM Modi’s events and even failing to meet him at the airport when he pays visits.
Mr. Rao, also known as KCR, met with a number of political figures in the run-up to his relaunch, including his equivalents in other states: Mamata Banerjee of Bengal, Nitish Kumar of Bihar, Arvind Kejriwal of Delhi, MK Stalin of Tamil Nadu, Pinarayi Vijayan of Kerala, and Naveen Patnaik of Odisha (Odisha).
DMK ally Thol Thirumavalavan and former chief minister of Karnataka HD Kumaraswamy were present at the inaugural celebration today.
However, KCR claims that he is not attempting to unite regional parties in a federal front as he did in 2018. He claims he would rather propose a different political, development, and welfare agenda to the populace. KCR has thus contacted labor unions, civil society organizations, and organizations representing farmers in an effort to form an alliance that would represent the goals of many societal groups.
“KCR will act as the bridge to unite the various parties on one platform.
Instead of becoming PM, his goal is to introduce a new development model, “KR Suresh Reddy, a TRS member, told NDTV. He refuted claims that KCR’s party may ultimately aid the BJP by splitting support from the opposition.
“The claim that BRS will secretly back the BJP is untrue. KCR appeals to a wide audience, “Reddy said.
According to KCR’s party officials, he intends to exhibit what he calls the Telangana model to the rest of the nation with the pledge to emulate the welfare programs, development initiatives, and policies of his administration.
On December 9, the day the then-Congress administration at the federal level established a separate Telangana state in 2009, KCR planned to attend a rally in Delhi.
The newly renamed party might shortly contest its first election in Telangana’s Munugode byelection, which is anticipate on November 4. However, as the Election Commission’s support is not expected for some time, that election will still need to be fought under the name TRS.
Furthermore, it is project that the party will contest the assembly elections in Delhi, Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Karnataka.
The BRS intends to keep its pink color and election symbol, an automobile, but it is still a long way from being a recognized national party.
KCR has instructed party officials to travel to several states to discuss the welfare programs implemented in Telangana over the past eight years in order to increase the party’s electoral power. He allegedly purchased a 12-seater aircraft for his planned long tour.