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TRS deliberates on reasons for defeat

Review meet: TRS president K. Chandrasekhar Rao at a meeting held in Hyderabad on Tuesday. -   | Photo Credit: PHOTO: NAGARA GOPAL

Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: Lack of grassroot-level leadership, absence of coordination among different party levels and poor awareness among people, particularly in areas where illiteracy was more, were the main causes for the TRS’ debacle in the byelections.

These were the reasons that intellectuals came up with in ‘Medhomadhanam’, an eight-hour-long brainstorming session at Telangana Bhavan, the party headquarters on Tuesday by over 100 teachers, poets, writers and employees in the region. Briefing presspersons, Kodandaram of Osmania University said the bypolls were not an indicator of the weakening of ‘Telangana sentiment.’

However, Prof. Kodandaram attributed the loss of some seats previously held by the party to organisational lapses. Elaborating, he said they had identified the need for motivating grassroot-level leadership that would constantly keep agitating to focus on localised problems and issues. The party leadership had to understand that a single-point agenda of achieving a separate State had to be integrated with socio-cultural issues for which other Telangana organisations were striving for. J. Jagannadham of the Telangana Writers’ Forum said it was time the aspirations of all sections of people in a backward region, especially women, were recognised and taken along in the struggle for a separate State. Sadanandam, president, Kakatiya University Teachers’ Association, contended that the Telangana sentiment was still very much prevalent as the TRS secured more votes despite losing out on the total number of seats.