K Chandrasekhar Rao, who is a staunch critic of BJP and its central regime led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has unveiled his next level of politics as his party is into a new beginning. Chandrasekhar Rao is the chief of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), which is the powerful party in Telangana. The state was formed in 2014 and Chandrasekhar Rao has been the Chief Minister of Telangana for the past eight years.
Rao formed the Telangana Rashtra Samithi in 2001 with the motive of creating a separate Telangana state with Hyderabad as its capital. Being instrumental for the formation of the state in 2014, TRS won the elections and formed the government. With the growing stronghold, Rao has been mulling entering into a national foray and he also had assayed to form a new national front against the BJP by uniting the opposition parties.
In the midst of growing tussle with Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan, Chandrasekhar Rao was working to launch his national politics and he launched it on Friday - December 9. In a closely-watched event, Chandrasekhar Rao had hoisted the party's new flag and announced that his party will now be called 'Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) to align with the national politics.
The event was held in Hyderabad and it was attended by various known faces including former Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy and actor Prakash Raj. On Thursday, the Election Commission has approved the name change of TRS to BRS after which Rao organized the launch event in the party's headquarters.
Before unveiling the flag, Rao garlanded the statue of Telangana Thalli and participated in a pooja that was organized at the party headquarters. Rao then hoisted the new party's flag stamped with the map of India and Bharat Rashtra Samithi in Telugu and English. The party has sent its petition to the Election Commission for the name change in October after announcing that the party is changing its name as Bharat Rashtra Samithi with the view of expanding its electoral footprint beyond Telangana.
Chandrasekhar Rao is all set to inaugurate the party's national office in Delhi on December 14 during which he will most likely be addressing to the national media about his future political plans. While addressing the party leaders on Friday, Rao expressed confidence that India would soon have a farmer-friendly government at the Centre. By citing that his party will play a vital role in national politics, Rao said that the Telangana model would be expanded across the country.
"In democracy, people should be the ultimate winners, not political parties. The country urgently needs a new economic policy. There should be no more water wars between the states", he added. Chandrasekhar Rao further announced that his party BRS will ally with Janata Dal (Secular) and would contest its first election in the Karnataka assembly election, which will be held next year. JD(S) leader Kumaraswamy has attended the event on Friday and Rao asserted his support to the former in Karnataka and said that Kumaraswamy should become the Chief Minister of Karnataka again.