Opposition Parties Tear Into Telangana Chief Minister Over Early Poll Move
Opposition parties today hit out at Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao for the early elections move, charging him with indulging in "obfuscation politics" prompted by fears that Telangana Rashtra Samithi would be unable to return to power if polls were to be held next year.
The main opposition, Congress, said that the Chief Minister owed an explanation to the people as to what necessitated him to cut short the Assembly tenure.
The State was formed after so much of struggle and sacrifices,and people had hopes on development, farm issues and employment generation but those promises have not been fulfilled. He (Rao) wants to manoeuvre the minority votes, that it won’t come to Congress.Sravan Dasoju, Chief Spokesperson, Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee
Alleging a "dubious pact" pact between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and KC Rao, he claimed that if simultaneous polls were to be held for Lok Sabha and the Telangana Assembly as scheduled next year, it would have turned into a Rahul Gandhi versus Narendra Modi fight in states like Telangana benefiting the Congress.
Sravan said that in the eventuality of simultaneous elections, minorities would have to choose between Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress, and not TRS.
Charging the Chief Minister with indulging in "obfuscation politics," the BJP said that Rao has "full-scale fear" that he might not be able to come back to power if elections are held as per schedule next year.
Telangana BJP spokesperson Krishna Saagar Rao claimed that it may not be technically possible to schedule the Telangana elections with that of four other States where polls are due in November-December.
"I don't think voters who would want to vote for certain party would actually change their mind because elections come three months or four months prior to regular schedule," he said.
"Once the voters make up their mind to vote for some party, they would stick to their decision, that's what we believe,” KS Rao said. He added that in view of the "electoral pattern nationally," the BJP feels that it has an edge whenever polls are held, and added that his party is ready for it.
The state unit expects BJP President Amit Shah and Modi to address public rallies as part of their election campaign, he said. The National General Secretary of the Communist Party of India (CPI) Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy said the Chief Minister is "getting afraid that he will get more isolated if elections are held next year. That's why he wants elections as early as possible". On the one hand, the Chief Minister is backing the idea of simultaneous elections in the country and on the other, "he wants elections right now. He (Rao) is telling opposition that he is not ready yet (for polls)," Reddy added.