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Maharashtra Governor facilitating TRS-BJP alliance?
Narendra Ch | 20 Feb 2015

Many in the political circles are wondering with the possible alliance between TRS and BJP, as it was TRS chief and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekahr Rao, who first blasted Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi as `fascist' immediately after the first union cabinet meeting in May, last year. This has led to strained relations between two parties and also in a way between Telangana and Central governments, since then.


As a result, even Prime Minister avoided meeting of Chandrasekhar Rao several times, though Rao tried haplessly seeking financial assistance to the state. According to sources, it was Maharashtra Governor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao, who is said to be close to Narendra Modi and hals from Telangana state, happens to be a close relative of KCR, played key role in cementing gulf between two parties.

It was Vidyasagar Rao, who had strongly opposed BJP having pre-poll alliance with TDP before 2014 polls and advocated such alliance with TRS. However, BJP national leadership preferred TDP, as it felt unable to trust TRS, which had deceived Congress party by promising Sonia Gandhi to merge itself after bifurcation of the state.

Though all clear indications are made available to believe that Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) is all set to join the Bharatiya Janata Party-led NDA government at the center, the ground realities makes it impossible to be materialized atleast before June. Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, who had a one-on-one meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday evening and is reported to have discussed the possibilities of the TRS joining the NDA conglomerate soon, is reportedly advised his party leaders to maintain silence on this issue.

Interestingly, it was Rao who had descdribed Modi as `facist' after the very first union cabinet meeting in May last yaer. Since then BJP leaders are harsh in their approach towards TRS. Rao also was also finds it difficult to get appointment with Prime Minister on number of occasions.

According to sources, it was Maharashtra Governor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao, who is said to be close to Narendra Modi and hals from Telangana state, happens to be a close relative of KCR, played key role in cementing gulf between two parties. It was Vidyasagar Rao, who had strongly opposed BJP having pre-poll alliance with TDP before 2014 polls and advocated such alliance with TRS. However, BJP national leadership preferred TDP, as it felt unable to trust TRS, which had deceived Congress party by promising Sonia Gandhi to merge itself after bifurcation of the state.

BJP leaders in Telangana were up in arms against Vidyasagar Rao for accepting felicitation by Chadnrasekhar Rao in Hyderabad, after taking charge as governor. A senior BJP leader questioned `what signal we are sending to our cadre by getting felicitation by a leader who dubbed Narendra Modi as a facist?'.

BJP leaders also irritated with TRS, as the later has been tryhing its best to please MIM, since it formed government in the new state. Making Tennis star Sania Mirza as `Telangana Ambassadaor' on the recommendation of MIM was strongly opposed by BJP leaders. KCR promise for Muslim reservation also makes them suspicious.

However, as the eight month-old regime in the new state failed to convince the people that TRS is taking the state into development and has been facing distrust in various fronts and in the presence scenario BJP is the only party having potentials to emerge as political alternate in the state, KCR said to be using the `alliance' card to weaker the saffron party in the new state.

In this regard, the two stumbling blocks for this possible alliance between the TRS and the BJP are: one, Telugu Desam Party, one of the major partners of the NDA and the two, BJP's Telangana unit which has been fighting the TRS in the fledgling State.While the TDP is wary of having the TRS as a partner due to conflicting political interests, the BJP state unit would find its expansion plans extremely challenging if the TRS becomes an NDA partner.

Though KCR is keen to see his daughter K Kavitha as union minister, he is hesitating to formalize alliance with BJP before electins to Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporaiton, keeping an eye on minority's votes.

TDP Rajya Sabha member C M Ramesh wondered