What is in store for Telangana?

With only two days to go for the Assembly elections in the new state of Telangana, predictions and surveys are increasingly in favour of the Telangana Rashtriya Samiti ( TRS), led by the experienced hand of K.Chandrashekar Rao(KCR) to win with a majority. But it does not seem that simple now. The main opposition is the People’s Front( Mahakutami or Prajakutami)  with the Congress, TDP, TJS and CPI all fighting together with the sole objective of unseating TRS.

It must be recalled that the Telangana state assembly was dissolved on September 6 after chief minister K. Chandrashekar Rao (KCR)’s recommendation, clearing the way for early elections. Otherwise  assembly election was due in April-May next year, to be held along with Lok Sabha elections.

At the time of the assembly’s dissolution, the TRS had 90 seats, the Congress 13 and TDP 3 out of the total 119.  In the previous 2014 election, the TRS had won 63, Congress 21 and TDP 15 seats. But thanks to the mastermind that KCR is, many TDP and Congress MLAs belonging the Telangana  crossed over to the ruling TRS.

The MIM and BJP- old allies in every election?

MIM party led by Asaduddin Owaisi has always allied with KCR and TRS but its role in polarising the election is only second to BJP and they will  both end up creating more divisions and fear. Congress party president Rahul Gandhi in his campaign has called the MIM, C team of the BJP. He may not be far from the truth. Meanwhile the BJP has included its star campaigner, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and polarising figures like Swami Pari Poornananda, apart from Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh CM Adityanath.

December 11th will be the day of counting when results will tell their own story.