KCR to contest Lok Sabha polls, seat not decided


Hyderabad, February 10: With the dream of playing a major role in the national politics, Telangana Chief Minister and TRS president K. Chandrashekhar Rao is all set to contest the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. However, there is still uncertainty on the seats from where he could contest.

According to sources, the Chief Minister is quite confident that his proposed Federal Front of non-BJP and non-Congress parties at the national level would be a reality after Lok Sabha elections. The BJP appears weak and is not likely to retain power. Similarly, despite winning Assembly elections in three States of Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh and Rajasthan, the Congress party is not yet strong at the national level. Except Karnataka, Congress party is too weak in others Southern States like Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Kerela and Tamil Nadu. Its position is not stable either in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Maharashtra or other bigger States. Therefore, the Congress party might improve its tally in the Lok Sabha, but might not form the next government. In this scenario, the regional parties like TRS, TDP, AITC, NCP, etc., are likely to play a major role in formation of next government at the Centre. KCR is very keen to capatalise on this possibility.

In order to ensure that TRS wins 16 out of 17 Lok Sabha seats in Telangana, KCR is working hard to put in place a strong strategy and candidates in next Lok Sabha elections. Therefore, KCR himself will be contesting from one of the 16 Lok Sabha constituencies which he aims to win. He is expected to contest either from Medak, Nalgonda or Khammam seat. In the past, KCR was elected as MP from Medak, Mahabubnagar and Karimnagar. Since KCR hails from Medak, winning from this seat might be an easy task. However, KCR might even opt for Nalgonda which has recently turned into TRS bastion in last Assembly elections. This seat is presently represented by Gutha Sukhender Reddy who had defected from Congress to TRS. If KCR contest from Nalgonda, then he might nominate Sukhender Reddy as MLCs. Another possibility is Khammam seats. However, winning Khammam might be difficult for KCR due to strong presence of Congress and Left Parties in the region.

According to sources, KCR is conducting multiple surveys to decide on the Lok Sabha constituency which could boost his career in the national politics.

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