Hyderabad: In 2022, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) opened a new chapter in its 20-year history, rechristening itself as the Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS), with K. Chandrasekhar Rao as the party leader playing a pivotal role in national politics.
With the formal launch of BRS and the recent opening of its central office in New Delhi, the party is gearing up to expand its activities to various parts of the country.
KCR, as Rao is popularly known, will project the Telangana development model to the rest of the country and present his vision to replicate the same in other states.
Next year will determine the extent to which it will influence national politics, but much will depend on the results of the Telangana Assembly elections scheduled for the end of 2023.
If KCR takes the party to a third term in power and becomes the first South Indian leader to achieve a hat-trick, chances of BRS establishing itself as a force in other states before 2024 are likely to increase. Lok Sabha polls.
From a leader who led the movement and got Telangana statehood to becoming the chief minister of India’s youngest state and winning a second term in power, the 68-year-old now wants to set a new record and don the mantle. national leader
At the launch of BRS, KCR gave the slogan ‘ab ki baar kisan sarkar’, signaling that farmers and agriculture will be at the heart of his party’s strategy as it seeks to make inroads in other states.
As part of his efforts to emerge as a national leader, the BRS leader distributed a compensation of Rs 3 lakh to the kin of farmers killed in the movement against the Centre’s three farm laws. 22.50 crore was approved by the Telangana cabinet to be distributed among the families of 750 farmers killed in the 13-month riot.
At every turn, the BRS chief highlights the innovative schemes being implemented in Telangana for the development of agriculture and the welfare of farmers. He predicted that a non-BJP government would come to power at the Center and provide free electricity to farmers across the country.
Claiming that Telangana is the only state in the country to provide 24-hour free electricity to farmers, KCR has already announced that once a non-BJP government comes to power at the Centre, it will be extended to the entire country.
KCR has also highlighted two other flagship schemes – Rythu Bandhu and Rythu Beema. Under Rythu Bandhu, the government is providing an investment subsidy of Rs 10,000 every year irrespective of the extent of land owned by a farmer, while under Rythu Beema, it provides a gratuity of Rs 5 lakh to a farmer’s family after his death. be the cause of death.
The BRS leader also highlighted how Telangana has made tremendous progress in eight years.
Telangana’s Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) more than doubled to Rs 11.55 lakh crore, while per capita income rose to Rs 2.75 lakh in 2022 from Rs 1.24 lakh in 2014.
Overcoming power shortage to ensure electricity to all sectors, food production increased dramatically by completing several irrigation projects including Kaleshwaram, the world’s largest lift irrigation project and increasing annual IT exports from Rs 57,000 crore to Rs 1.83 lakh crore. Billions are projected in 2014 as another achievement.
“When a new state can achieve this in a short span of time, why can’t the rest of the country achieve this,” KCR often asks at public meetings.
KCR also says that no other state can compete with Telangana when it comes to welfare schemes for various people. Last year, he launched another innovative scheme, Dalit Bandhu, for the socio-economic empowerment of Dalits. Under this scheme, each Dalit family will be given an assistance of Rs 10 lakh to start any business of their choice.
Not only are these schemes attracting national attention, some towns in neighboring Karnataka and Maharashtra have also demanded its merger with Telangana so that farmers and other people can get the benefits of its schemes.
BRS is primarily looking to expand from these states and is also eyeing Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.
In keeping with the priority given to the agriculture sector and farmers, BRS launched a kisan cell on its launch day. KCR appointed National Farmers’ Union leader Gurnam Singh Charudi of Haryana as president of the BRS Kisan Cell.
The party has made plans to expand aggressively after Christmas. As part of this, BRS Kisan Cell will be launched next week in Punjab, Haryana, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
According to BRS leaders, many former MLAs and senior political leaders with their groups and followers in various states of North, East and Central India are in discussion with KCR. The BRS leader is explaining what kind of policies should be adopted according to the wishes of the local people, according to the geographical, social and cultural conditions of their states.
KCR has long wanted a role in national politics by bringing together like-minded parties for a third alternative, but his plan apparently did not take off due to differences with other regional leaders in the composition of the proposed front.
Aware that with the limited Lok Sabha seats Telangana has (17) it will not be able to influence national politics, KCR came up with the BRS idea. Working towards the 2024 Lok Sabha polls, the party will focus on 100 Lok Sabha seats.
BRS hopes to influence the nation with its socio-economic and political agenda by winning at least 50-80 seats. But it remains to be seen which strategy the party will take to achieve this goal.
“BRS will remain a sham unless the party wins seats outside Telangana. Today, every state has different dynamics and there are regional forces to meet the expectations of the people there,” says political analyst Palvai Raghvendra Reddy.
“KCR wants to go national with farmers as the key agenda. But in the elections held across India, we have not seen farmers alone deciding the fate of elections, except in western Uttar Pradesh during Chaudhary Charan Singh’s time and once in Punjab in 2012. We have realized how the farmers’ agenda has gone wrong. In this year’s assembly polls in UP”, he said.
BRS will face challenges in every state as it seeks allies to achieve its goal.
“The first major challenge before KCR would be to get prominent allies in states/regions who would be willing to contest on BRS party tickets. We are a country of different groups and different sentiments, and we will have to wait and see if he will align with BRS in the near future,” Reddy said.
“Though the Janata Dal (Secular) leadership was seen standing with KCR when BRS was launched, they were unlikely to contest the upcoming Karnataka Assembly elections as BRS; and the Gowdas are not that big of a factor in Karnataka in the parliamentary elections,” the analyst said.