Hyderabad

KCR to be in Huzurnagar today

CM and TRS chief’s first public meeting in six months will be keenly watched

Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao will step into active electoral campaign after more than six months, visiting Huzurnagar today (Thursday) to address a public meeting for the by-election scheduled on October 21.

The last he was seen in a public meeting was in the first week of April this year when the Telangana went to polls in a single phase on April 11. After bagging majority seats in Nalgonda district, traditionally a bastion of Congress party and the Communists, in the Assembly polls held in December last, the TRS conceded two Parliament seats in the erstwhile Nalgonda district — Nalgonda and Bhongir to the Congress.

In the backdrop of the mixed results to the party in the last two elections, KCR is likely to go all out to woo the Huzurnagar voters who have been supporting the TPCC president N. Uttam Kumar Reddy over the last few years. KCR’s meeting is expected to be attended by over 70,000 people going by the serious mobilisation efforts being made by the party leaders.

The RTC strike and the way the government handled it announcing the dismissal of nearly 50,000 employees, however, is likely to dampen the spirits of TRS workers despite their confidence in KCR’s public speeches where he effortlessly sells the ‘Bangaru Telangana’ dream.

Party sources said the meeting, likely to be around an hour, will see the Chief Minister go bashing at the Congress and targeting Mr. Uttam Kumar Reddy, who has been the MLA for the last three terms. The ‘neglect’ of the constituency by Mr. Reddy will be highlighted and he will also focus on issues that concern the constituency to immediately relate to the voters, according to senior leaders organising the show. He is likely to announce some big schemes to Huzurnagar town apart from a new revenue division and ITI, a long-pending demand.

On the political front, he may give little time to the BJP as it doesn’t look a great force on the ground in the constituency. Whether or not he will target the BJP leadership will be keenly watched as the aggression of the BJP State leaders on his governance is increasing by the day. He may refrain from targeting the central leadership as there are little stakes. Party leaders are little worried about the possible sloganeering against the government from RTC workers who may infiltrate into the crowds and also some organisations like Madiga Dandora that have openly announced their intention to protest at the meeting.

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