The newest baby of the country, Telangana, which was formed in 2014, headed into its second elections on December 7, the result of which would be announced on December 11. In the very first election of the state in 2014, Telangana Rashtra Samithi's (TRS) K Chandrasekhar Rao won handsomely, managing a clear majority with 63 seats, and hence becoming the first ever CM of the state.
But this time around, the stakes are high for KCR, more so given that he pre-dated the polls, which were supposed to happen in 2019, by dissolving the assembly earlier this year. Though, it seems like a masterstroke by him, given the early indications prior to the counting suggests that he may very well get a second term. Yet, despite the exit polls indicating a majority, the ground reality for TRS is somewhat different.
Their primary opponent, Congress, has already confirmed alliance with the likes of TDP, TJS and CPI, and this coalition is expected to give a good challenge to TRS. But for KCR, the dilemma lies in whose support to take if in case his party fails to get a clear majority.
A lot of noise has been made by Asaduddin Owaisi's AIMIM, which has pledged complete support to TRS and KCR. But then there is the extended hand of BJP, which post the elections said that they would like to form an alliance with TRS, though with caveats - Congress, AIMIM or TDP shouldn't be a part of it.
For KCR, the performance of his and party, along with the decisions they take post the counting will also have a huge impact in terms of General elections 2019. If TRS decide they will form alliance with BJP, then it will be a huge win for the present ruling party in the Centre, and they can count on a good number of seats next year.
Though, in a scenario that TRS ditches BJP and joins AIMIM, the door, how so less it may seem, will be open for a possibility that the two parties becoming a part of the 'Mahagathbandhan' and fight against BJP-led NDA in 2019.
As per the poll of polls post the exit polls, TRS is predicted to get 64 seats and get a clear majority in this elections. The Praja Kutami, coalition of f Congress, TDP, TJS and CPI and also the primary opponent of TRS, is predicted to only get 41 seats, while the others, including BJP are projected to win a mere 8 seats in 119-seat assembly.
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