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Reasons for K Chandrasekhar Rao grand success in Telangana Assembly Elections 2018

By Abhimanyu
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Reasons for KCR grand success in Telangana Assembly Elections 2018

New Delhi: When Telangana Rashtra Samithi Chief K Chandrasekhar Rao called for an early election in the state many political pundits were busy in analyzing his move and a majority of them ruled out for his consecutive term in the office.

Arguments were made on the ground that no one ever before has called for an early election and had won it till yet, but on the contrary KCR not only emerged victorious in the election but remarkably his number of seats had gone up from the previous house and his party has single-handedly almost done the clean sweep for rest of others in Telangana.

National media was busy analyzing the poor performance of BJP in the five states and how the revival of Congress in three states where BJP was in power over a decade except Rajasthan.

The massive victory of TRS in the state assembly where it won 88 seats out of 119 seats is very significant for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls 2019.

Congress managed to bag 19 seats, BJP 1 seat, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) 2 seats and All India Majilis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) won 7 seats.

Compared to 2014 result, TRS has not only silenced its opposition parties but with this victory, they have also marked their presence in the National Politics.

Here are five key factors behind KCR massive success in Telangana:

1. Popular welfare schemes:

KCR led TRS government had launched several welfare schemes which became very popular among the voters of Telangana. Introduction of ‘Rythu Bandhu’, a farmer-centric insurance scheme which gave them not only the annual return of RS 8000 but also it covered them with the insurance of Rs five lakh. His government also provided 24 hours power supply to the farmers and poor households in the rural area were also were constructed which KCR monitored personally.

2. Peoples’ friendly Chief Minister and his family members

K Chandrasekhar Rao and his family members who are active in politics have made deep in roots among the native population. Even during this Assembly Election campaign incumbent CM and his family members managed to establish effective communication with the voters throughout the campaign. Other political opponents in the state were far behind and their leaders were lacking such command.

3. Secular Image

A sizable amount of Muslim population also lives in the newly formed state and their population is around 44.65 lakhs mostly living in the Hyderabad city where AIMIM is having a stronghold. AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi who had expressed his faith in KCR secular credentials also provided him the extra edge over its opponents.

4. Early Assembly Election

When KCR announced to dissolve the house and called for an early election in the state, it was debated by many that no one in the past had been able to win the election after calling for an early election. Though some political experts believed it a well thought and calculated move by him. His sudden move proved to be fatal for his opponents who were caught unguarded and ill-prepared. This move allowed him to play freely in a match where the opposition was not ready and he scored the maximum.

5. ‘Praja Kutami’ falls apart

The Congress Party-led Grand Alliance of Telugu Desam Party, Communist Party of India and Telangana Jan Samithi failed to counter the well prepared TRS campaign strategy and ended up doing negative campaigning. The alliance ‘Praja Kutami’ couldn’t come out with an alternate development agenda and rather confined them to create a false propaganda against the incumbent government. Voters of Telangana realized this and as a result, the TRS emerged with a massive victory in the state.

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