As predicted by Sirf News columnist Vinod Kumar Shukla on 24 May, Chief Minister of Telangana K Chandrashekar Rao (KCR, also the head of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi or TRS) today sounded optimistic about forging a grand alliance of opposition parties against the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance, after a meeting with JD(S) chief and former prime minister HD Deve Gowda and his son, former Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy in Bengaluru.
KCR said that the country was disillusioned with the BJP rule and was eager to see a change. “Efforts should be made to change the situation of the country. After two to three months, you will get to see some sensational news,” the Telangana chief minister said, without divulging further details.
Speaking of the prevailing situation, he said the country has enough resources yet it is suffering due to a shortage of water, electricity and irrigation even after 75 years of independence while many nations that secured freedom along with India are way ahead.
“Today no one is happy, be it farmers, Dalits, tribals. Who is happy today? The situation is worsening day by day. What’s the reality other than rhetoric (bhaashanbazi) and promises? Industries are getting closed, the GDP is crashing, inflation is spiralling and the rupee has fallen completely. Never in history has the rupee fallen to such a low level compared to the US dollar,” KCR said.
Kumaraswamy batted for a grand alliance of regional parties to take on the BJP. Regional parties are on the rise and the only ones putting up a front against the BJP, he said, and called upon them to shun their differences in the national interest and come to a “common platform”.
However, the former Karnataka chief minister hinted at a diminished role for the Indian National Congress, saying the grand old party “is on the decline with each passing day.”
Prime Minister Modi, who was in Hyderabad today, took a veiled dig at KCR and urged BJP workers to take a pledge to end “family rule” in Telangana. “In the 21st century, hereditary politics is a major impediment to development,” Modi said, without mentioning either Telangana Rashtra Samithi or chief minister KCR.