A final decision in this regard is expected to be made on June 19 at the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) Extended Board of Directors meeting.
The TRS chief, who had a marathon discussion with state ministers and senior party leaders on Friday, is said to have approved the proposal to let Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) swim.
The process of registering the new party with the Indian Electoral Commission is expected to start soon. KCR, as the TRS supremo is popularly known, intends to make a formal announcement of a new party in New Delhi by the end of June.
The TRS leadership is reportedly keen to have the TRS “Auto” icon for the BRS as well. The TRS office emerging in the state capital will serve as the headquarters of the proposed national party, party sources said.
KCR, which has already announced its intention to play a key role in national politics, spent over six hours discussing the current political situation with its closest associates. He is said to have accepted a MLA party’s proposal to name the proposed party BRS.
Following its meetings last month with Delhi Chief Minister Arvid Kejriwal, Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav and former Prime Minister and Janata Dal(S) leader Deve Gowda, KCR had said there was soon to be in the country would cause a sensation.
Political observers say KCR appears to have decided to create a national party after failing to make progress in bringing anti-BJP and anti-Congress forces onto a common platform to offer a national alternative.
Despite holding a series of meetings with leaders from various political parties including Shiv Sena, DMK, RJD, SP and JD(S) in recent months, no consensus has been reached on forging a front as an alternative to the BJP and Congress .
It is also important to note that the long awaited meeting between KCR and West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress Chief Mamata Banerjee did not take place and despite attempts made in the past, KCR was unable to have Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on board as both the BJD and YSRCP continue to support the Narendra Modi government on key bills.
Another indication that KCR has abandoned its plans to forge a front came during the TRS plenary session in April.
At the all-day plenary session of the TRS to mark the 21st anniversary of the founding of the party, he had hinted at founding a national party.
Not speaking in plenary about his meetings with leaders of various political parties and prime ministers of some states lent credence to enthusiasm that the TRS chief was toying with the idea of creating a national party.
KCR told the plenary that some lawmakers had proposed converting TRS to BRS. The leaders speaking in the plenary called on KCR to play an active role in national politics and said the country needs a visionary leader like him.
In one of the resolutions passed in plenary, TRS said it would play a key role in national politics in the coming days. The party noted that it must play a constructive role and fill the political gap at the national level.
In response to requests from party leaders, KCR said it was ready to play an active role to the best of its ability. The plenary saw delegates repeatedly raise slogans of “Desh ka neta KCR”.
The TRS boss repeatedly emphasized that the country should get out of the entrenched political system of the fronts. “Four parties or four leaders coming together to remove someone from the post of prime minister and put someone else in their place is not the solution,” he had said.
He pointed out that the country has seen many fronts in the past that have not led to the desired results. He also recounted an incident where some communist leaders came to him expressing a desire to bring different parties together, and he told them that if this was aimed only at removing someone from power, he would not participate.
“We have seen many fronts. We need a front that works for the people. We need an alternative agenda, a new integrated agricultural policy, a new economic policy and a new industrial policy,” he said.
Through the proposed national party, KCR is likely to present Telangana’s successful model to the nation. Highlighting the tremendous progress the state has made in a short span of eight years, the TRS leader is likely to urge a nationwide debate on why the country, with its immense natural and human resources, cannot replicate Telangana’s success .
“We can dream and we can make those dreams come true. Telangana showed that,” said KCR, who believes that even after 75 years of independence, people’s aspirations remain unfulfilled.
KCR had previously called for the development of “Bangaru Bharat” (golden Bharat), saying the country had the potential to become more prosperous than the US.
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