Telangana Rashtra Samithi president and chief minister K Chandrasekhara Rao’s recent visit to Bengaluru in the name of discussing with former Prime Minister and Janata Dal (Secular) president H D Deve Gowda on the proposed federal front or people’s front seems to have a different agenda.
While the discussion on federal front was just an excuse, KCR is learnt to have extended his full support to Janata Dal (S) in the Karnataka elections.
He told media later that he would campaign for JD (S) in the Karnataka elections, if asked and even made an open appeal to all the Telugu people in that state to vote for JD (S).
It made one wonder what interest KCR has in Karnataka elections. The TRS was never an alliance partner of the JD (S) in the past.
On the other hand, JD (S) itself had changed its alliances from the Congress to the BJP. As of now, it is confined to only a few sections of the state and has the capacity to win not more than 30-35 seats.
So, why is KCR supporting Deve Gowda party? And what benefit he would get from it?
The answer is simple: Several surveys have indicated that he Congress has fair chances of coming to power in the state again, albeit with a reduced majority. If the Congress wins Karnataka, its impact will definitely be on Telangana, where KCR’s graph is going down gradually.
The Congress in Telangana will get tremendous boost to face the next year’s elections. What is more, there would be pumping of money from Karnataka into Telangana to take on the TRS.
That is why, KCR does not want to lose any chance to see that the Congress loses power in Karnataka and hence, he wants JD (S) to get more seats.
However, even if the Congress does not get enough majority and the JD (S) improves its tally, the latter would only support the Congress this time, rather than joining hands with the BJP, unless of course, the latter gets more seats than the Congress.