TRS president and chief minister of Telangana, K Chandrasekhar Rao, has cleared the air that he is not in favour of forming any political front before the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. Instead, he said the country needed an alternative agenda on the lines of the TRS, which took birth to run a statehood movement.
Addressing the party’s 21st foundation day meeting, KCR said that Left parties had met him recently and suggested a united effort to dislodge the BJP at the Centre.
“I clearly told them that removing or making PMs was a bad idea. Ultimately, democracy should win. “
The change of mind of KCR is surprising. Earlier, he was a harsh critic of the saffron party. On April 11, he held a dharna in Delhi and told PM Narendra Modi not to play with farmers’ sentiments or the people would topple his government.
Telangana’s CM discusses an alternative agenda.
During his speech on Wednesday, he, however, added that the country urgently needs an alternative agenda. While making it clear that his TRS would play a key role in preparing the alternative agenda and providing a new direction for the country, KCR said the alternative force would emerge soon and create a political storm in the country.
During his 90-minute speech, KCR spoke on various issues but devoted a major part of his address to national issues and the need for an alternative agenda. He criticised the BJP government at the Centre for the growing incidence of communal hatred and backwardness, especially on water and power issues, hijab and halal rows, and said Telangana has become a role model for the entire country.
“Many people are waiting for me to announce a political front or some other front. Like the process taken for Telangana, this also needs some process. What will happen in that process, only the future will decide, “KCR said.
The TRS president said ‘sorry‘ to Communist party leaders who wanted a united effort to dislodge the BJP government at the Centre.
KCR visits several states
KCR, who had gone to various states and met the chief ministers of Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, and West Bengal, said his effort was not to cobble up a front against any party.
KCR, who has been attacking the BJP government on communal violence and the hijab controversy, said these issues do not bode well for the country’s image.
“Some elements are causing communal madness in the country. Some are even hailing the person who killed Mahatma Gandhi. Even for taking out religious processions, people are carrying daggers and swords in the national capital, “he said.
He further said: “We have seen what is happening in neighbouring Karnataka state, which is considered the “Silicon Valley of India‘ where 30 lakh people work in the IT sector. He also criticised films such as ‘The Kashmir Files‘ and ‘Uri: The Surgical Strike‘ and said some parties are trying to make political capital out of these films.