It’s almost official now. TRS supremo’s son KT Rama Rao is the second in command in the pink party. As expected, Rama Rao started his Statewide election campaign on Tuesday from Ibrahimpatnam in Rangareddy district followed by Station Ghanpur in Warangal. The father-son duo will be the only leaders campaigning across the State for TRS, others will focus only on their constituency.There was remarkable change, rather refinement, in Rama Rao’s language. In a sharp turn, he addressed his political opponents, Prof M Kodandaram and N Chandrababu Naidu as ‘sir and garu’. The content, however, was still hard-hitting. “The Congress has no leader the TDP has no cadre in Telangana,” he said at Ibrahimpatnam.
“The hairs of the Grand Alliance are in the hands of Chandrababu Naidu,” he told the voters there. “If you recall, Naidu objected to the construction of irrigation projects in Telangana and spoke against Palamuru-Rangareddy lift irrigation project,” he said. He mocked the alliance for not having announced a Chief Minister candidate for so long. “If at all they come to power you will have a new Chief Minister every month,” he mocked. “By the time the Grand Alliance distributes seats, we will be distributing sweets,” he claimed.
Earlier, Rama Rao had claimed that the Assembly was dissolved due to Congress’ machinations. “Congress keeps filing cases against us in the court. It claims that there are a lot of irregularities in the electoral rolls and it is trying to find ways to stall the polls. This itself shows that it is afraid of losing polls,”he claimed. However, Rama Rao, who is known to have the gift of the gab, didn’t linger long on verbal volleys. He soon moved on to promises for Ibrahimpatnam voters.
“Once, 330 km-long regional ring road (RRR) is completed, your lands will become gold mines. Do not sell not even a small portion of your land till the road is completed. You will soon become richer than any others,” Rama Rao said. In what seemed like a backhanded admission, KTR assured residents that the proposed Pharma City would be pollution-free “unlike Patancheru” and also provide jobs to local youngsters.
‘KCR will be CM, not me’
Amid rumours that TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao would make his son KT Rama Rao Chief Minister in the event of the party winning in the elections, the latter announced that Chandrasekhar Rao was their party’s chief ministerial candidate. “If TRS comes to power, KCR will be our Chief Minister. Can Congress declare their chief ministerial candidate’s name? No, they cannot. Moreover, their CM will be decided by people sitting in Delhi,” he said.
‘Have faith in Rajaiah’
Expressing concern over opposition to the party’s Station Ghanpur candidate T Rajaiah, Rama Rao called upon party leaders to set aside their differences. With the opposition growing louder every passing day, Rama Rao was forced to intervene and facilitate an uneasy understanding. Rama Rao even made Kadiyam Srihari, who was expecting the Station Ghanpur ticket for his daughter, announce his support for Rajaiah.