The year 2015 certainly belonged to TRS and its chief K Chandrashekar Rao. Those who are in the know of state politics were of the view that it was Rao who was the star of the year in the political arena of the state. Be it winning back-to-back elections or taking on the opposition to task, it was Rao’s political acumen that stood him as the much-talked about politician of the year even by the opposition parties.
Under Rao’s leadership, the TRS drew first blood by winning one of the two MLC seats under Graduates Constituency and later went on to create a record of sorts by winning the Warangal Lok Sabha byelection with a thumping majority. The victory, which came after 18 months of power, left the opposition Congress and TDP-BJP combine candidates lose their deposits proving a point that the ruling party is not facing anti-incumbency as was claimed by the opposition parties.
The year also saw the new state take a leap in IT and employment generation sectors with T-Hub and TS-iPass turning out to be one of the best initiative of any state.
The tip of the iceberg was the Ayutha Maha Chandi Yagnam, which no other leader dared to take up and Rao won acclaims from all sections and leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Rao looks comfortably placed when compared to his counterparts in other states or even AP chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu. Naidu, on the other hand, seems to be having a tough time with lack of support from the Centre. Also, the hurdles that are coming in the way of construction of AP capital Amaravathi too are turning out to be headache for Naidu, the leaders felt.
For Rao and his TRS, 2016 starts with the elections to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC). Rao is said to be confident of pulling a victory in the elections.
In the coming days, Rao also has to face elections to Warangal and Khammam corporations which, some senior leaders, feel will go the TRS way. Byelection to Narayankhed assembly segment will also be another poll that the TRS faces this year. With works on prestigious prorgammes like Metro Rail, Mission Bhagiratha, redesigning and re-engineering of irrigation projects, going on a good pace, the TRS government can look forward for 2016 that can give it more opportunities to celebrate.
Source: The New Indian Express