A day after Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao had called a meeting amid the speculation of early elections in the state, the Congress in Telangana on Monday said that Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao may have dropped his plans after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Election Commission (EC) did not back his idea. They also branded him as the 'puppet of Prime Minister'.
Recently rumours were doing rounds that K Chandrasekhar Rao may recommend dissolution of the Assembly, favouring clubbing of the state elections along with that in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram later this year. However, keeping the suspense alive, the Chief Minister had said he has been authorised by the party to take a final call on the issue.
Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee chief spokesperson Sravan Dasoju said, "on early polls, Modi and EC have not given him (Rao) permission. As a result of that, he has gone back; he actually wanted to dissolve the House and he had told so to many of his close aides".
Charging Chandrasekhar Rao with being a 'katputhli' (puppet) of PM Modi, he said the Chief Minister's "remote control" is with Prime Minister, who did not say 'yes' to his idea of an early poll.
"It (early Assembly polls in Telangana) does not (now) look like a possibility," he said, adding update electoral rolls would be ready only by October-end. "How is that before the electoral roll is finalised, he (Rao) can call for a schedule?"
On the Chief Minister's statement that the people of the state should not become "slave to Delhi parties," Mr Sravan said the Chief Minister himself has become a "slave" of PM Modi, pointing to his support to the Centre on demonetization and GST, and to NDA nominees in the elections to the post of President and Vice-President.
Earlier on Sunday, Just two hours before his rally in Hyderabad, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has called a meeting of his cabinet on Sunday. As per sources, he could announce the dissolution of the state assembly.
The 'Pragati Nivedana Sabha' (meeting) begin around 1 pm on September 2 and was attended by as many as 25 lakh people, who will be addressed by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao.
In the run-up to the meeting following preprations were made: