In tack change, KCR says won’t work to create opposition front

HYDERABAD: In a major shift from his efforts to stitch up a coalition of non-Congress and non-BJP parties, TRS president and Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao said on Wednesday he was not in favour of forming a political front ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. Instead, he said, he felt the country needed an alternative agenda on the lines of TRS, which took birth to run a statehood movement.
Addressing the party’s 21st foundation day meeting here, KCR said the Left parties had met him recently and suggested a united effort to dislodge BJP from the Centre. “I clearly told them that removing or making prime ministers was a bad idea. Ultimately, democracy should win.”
The latest comments are very different from his consistent rhetoric of the past few months against BJP. On April 11, he had held a dharna in Delhi and told PM Narendra Modi not to play with farmers’ sentiments or the people would topple his government.
During his speech on Wednesday, he, however, added that the country urgently needs an alternative agenda. He had even come across suggestions to change the name of TRS to “Bharatiya Rashtra Samithi (BRS)” by turning it (TRS is a regional party) into a national party. But he stopped short of confirming whether he was considering a change in name.
“If Hyderabad becomes the venue for changing the direction of the country, it will be a proud moment for Telangana people,” he said. While making it clear that his TRS would play a key role in preparing the alternative agenda and providing new direction to the country, KCR said the alternative force would emerge soon and create a political storm.

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