Vastavam web: Telangana IT Minister K.T. Rama Rao has hinted at the party eyeing early Assembly polls to cash in on its performance in the last four years.TRS seeks to play a decisive role in the formation of next government at the Centre after the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, he said. He also said the party will contest the assembly and Lok Sabha polls on its own and work for formation of a federal front that will be opposed to both the BJP and the Congress.
He said there was a lot of speculation in the media about the party going for early dissolution of state assembly and seeking a fresh mandate from the people. There is speculation that the assembly could be dissolved by September 10 and Telangana would go for elections along with four other states by December this year. The term of Telangana assembly comes to an end in June next year and the assembly polls in normal course would be held along with those to the Lok Sabha. Rama Rao claimed that if elections are held early, the party will win both the state as well as Lok Sabha polls convincingly.
He said TRS would win at least 100 of 119 seats in the state assembly and 16 of 17 Lok Sabha seats in the state. “Last time we won 11 Lok Sabha seats and this time we hope to improve our performance,” he said. Rama Rao said neither BJP nor Congress will be able to form government on their own in 2019 and there are many parties which want to be equidistant from the two. “We believe both Congress and BJP have let down the people of the country. There is a strong need for an alternative force to emerge in the country in the form of a federal front. And like TRS there are other a number of other parties which believe in the same theory, same ideology of non-Congress, non-BJP federal front.
Asked if Chandrashekar Rao could move to the Centre after the Lok Sabha polls, Rama Rao said: ” He (KCR) has a lot of work to do here and the state needs his leadership. I am keen that he should stay as CM for at least 10 more years. This is in the interest of the state and the party.” He said Telangana was witnessing a strange situation where the ruling party is signalling readiness for elections while the opposition appears against early polls.