Hyderabad: With the notification for the Lok Sabha polls likely to be issued within a couple of weeks, the ruling TRS shifted gears ahead of the Opposition parties in poll preparedness.
Besides maintaining the political momentum in the Parliamentary constituencies after the Assembly polls, the TRS leadership is busy kickstarting the party meetings, setting up constituency-wise committees, and also devising poll strategies, besides gathering inputs for selection of prospective candidates.
Way ahead of the Opposition parties, the TRS leadership had constituted the Parliamentary constituency-wise committees with State Cabinet Ministers leading them. Chief Minister and TRS president K Chandrashekhar Rao himself will head three such committees. Senior party leaders were also appointed to assist the Ministers in the poll preparations.
The Chief Minister will be in-charge of committees for Medak, Khammam and Zaheerabad Parliamenary constituencies and will be assisted by senior leaders, including Legislative Affairs Minister Vemula Prashanth Reddy. The latter will also be in-charge of Nizamabad Parliamentary constituency committee.
Panchayat Raj Minister Errabelli Dayakar Rao will lead the TRS committees for Warangal and Mahabubabad Lok Sabha constituencies, while Education Minister G Jagadish Reddy will lead the party committees for Nalgonda and Bhongir Parliamentary constituencies. Labour Minister Ch Malla Reddy will be in-charge of Chevella and Malkajgiri Lok Sabha constituency committees.
Health Minister Etela Rajender, Animal Husbandry Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav, Forests Minister A Indrakaran Reddy, Welfare Minister Koppula Eshwar, Agriculture Minister S Niranjan Reddy and Excise Minister V Srinivas Goud, have been appointed as in-charges for the committees of Karimnagar, Secunderabad, Adilabad, Peddapalli, Nagarkurnool and Mahabubabad Lok Sabha constituencies, respectively.
Meanwhile, Chandrashekhar Rao appears to have given his nod to the party working president KT Rama Rao to gear up the party cadre for the polls. The latter is scheduled to address a series of preparatory meetings for the party cadre in 16 of the 17 Lok Sabha constituencies, commencing from March 6. The meetings will conclude on March 17.
“At least 15,000 party leaders and activists, including elected representatives are expected to attend each Parliamentary constituency meeting. The Parliamentary constitutency-wise committees will coordinate with the field-level leaders and the party leadership for taking the party closer to people,” a TRS general secretary told Telangana Today.
KCR seeks feedback
The Chief Minister is learnt to have already started consultations with the party leaders from different parts of the State and sought their opinion on the selection of TRS candidates for the Lok Sabha elections. He is learnt to have prepared the list of probable candidates and may announce the names soon after the poll schedule is released. The party leaders said that they are ready to launch poll campaign soon after the Chief Minister gives the green signal.
“The party leadership is confident of sweeping the polls, but does not want to take any chances. There were a few mistakes committed during the Assembly polls. As a result, TRS could win 88 seats, against its prediction of winning over 100 seats. This time, we are leaving nothing to fate and making all efforts to garner people’s support to win all 16 MP seats,” the party general secretary added.