In a huge embarrassment TRS had lost three MLC seats in Telangana. All three candidates backed by TRS or the ruling party lost in the elections for Warangal-Khammam-Nalgonda, Karimnagar-Nizamabad-Adilabad Teachers & Graduates constituencies. Polling for these seats were held on 22nd march. In fact, two out of three seats the TRS backed candidates were pushed to third position.
Pink party has been winning most of the elections from 2014 after the Telangana state formation. Recent Gram Panchayat elections were also it its favour. It is well known fact that though MLC elections for Teachers and graduates have to be non party basis, but most of the parties have fielded their candidates or supporters. In some cases they even deputed ex MLA’s and many ministers and MLA’s campaigned for their candidates.
There is slow in-brewing happening in TRS that many people who had been part of Telangana struggle are kept aside and ignored. Important posts and ministries have been handed over to people who have jumped the posts or to people who were ex colleagues of KCR in TDP or people who can heavily invest and have deep pockets. Recent ministries to Errabelli Dayakar Rao who jumped from TDP to TRS, Talasani Srinivas Yadhav also from TDP and many more who were never a part of TRS or Telangana struggle are given crucial posts ignoring the actual chariots of the party.
Its becoming a perception among TRS cadre that its more of a private enterprise and autocratic. Though TRS had been a complete family enterprise party from the day of its inception. Its run by the family include father, son, daughter, nephews i.e KCR, KTR, Kavitha, Harsih Rao & Santosh. Last five year rule in the state with no women minister and dummy positions of deputy CM’s and some ministries have proven it all. All crucial decisions and authority lies with KCR or KTR with very minimal decision making rights to his party men. Many feel that its a authoritarian rule than a participatory democracy and correlate it with all other dynasty based political outlets in the country from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. TRS often been accused by opponents that it had poached many TDP and Congress party cadres and recent lineup for posts and jumping of congress MLA’s have proven the statements right.
Many educated people will not accept the logic and narrative from TRS that all these MLA’s from congress are joining on their will and wish. It is hard to understand that all these MLA’s have got enlightenment only after winning elections on congress ticket but now find TRS gloomy within few months which sounds a bit fishy. But as usual politics is all about money and power, many who are joining have their own personal ambitions, for example it was noted that Sabitha Indrareddy who was ex-home minister of united Andhra Pradesh during congress rule jumped the posts for a MP ticket to his son.
TRS had stuck to the narrative and concept of dynasties and rich political families only alternative in winning elections rather than true candidates and hard working cadre. Very exceptionally few made their way in getting crucial positions. It’s well noted that many Lok Sabha seat tickets distribution were given to political families with either son or daughter of existing & ex- MLA’s. Sources said K. Naveen Kumar, a leader from Kukatpally, who was considered a certainty from Malkajigiri and unanimous candidate of all MLAs in the constituency, was left out to pave way for Labour Minister C. Malla Reddy’s son-in-law Marri Rajasekhar Reddy to take on Congress working president A. Revanth Reddy. The list was significant for tickets to heirs of two other senior TRS leaders, including Animal Husbandry Minister T. Srinivas Yadav’s son, Sai Kiran, and Dornakal MLA D.S. Redya Naik’s daughter, M. Kavitha, from Mahbubabad.
It was quite evident that last 2014 elections was fought on Telangana pride and ideology of TRS, but this assembly election of 2018 had been fought on money power or people’s love towards KCR. Many individual candidates role was irrelevant and insignificant with huge money distribution. Many sources say that this time in rural and city areas parties and candidates have distributed cash ranging from 500 to 2000 Rs per vote with liquor, food and parties as a additional dosage. Many social media posts and viral videos have been circulated with many candidates who lost in panchayat elections crying & claiming of distributing around 5 lakhs cash approximately for ward positions. Sarpanches have invested any figure between 20 lakhs to 1 crores in some panchayat’s close to HMDA and KUDA areas. This panchayat elections and MLA elections in telangana had shown that money had no value and huge distribution in local panchayat elections and MLA elections were quite a norm.
Money distribution had become the new norm in current Telangana where in real estate had become the bread earner with free flow of money and liquor dictating candidates future. But as usually every thing seems to be ok in love, war and politics were ethos, ideologies and ethics take a back seat for power and greed. May be the MLC results show some introspection among TRS, that it cannot rely too much on money and authoritarian rule rather can do some decentralization and distribution of power among people who have made TRS what it is today.