HYDERABAD: Amid strong indications of early elections in Telangana, the ruling Telangana Rashtriya Samithi (TRS) will kick off a campaign to retain power in the newly constituted state by staging a massive show of strength at Hyderabad on Sunday.
The rally will be preceded by a meeting of the state cabinet, which is likely to take a decision on the early polls, said an IANS report. Titled "Pragati Nivedana", the meeting to be held at Kongara Kalan at Ibrahimpatnam on the city outskirts is expected to attract 25 lakh people.
KCR's son and cabinet minister KT Rama Rao claimed that this will be the biggest political rally in the country. Rao, who is the number in the party and the government, said the chief minister would take a final decision on early polls.
He is confident that TRS would retain power whenever the elections are held as the party enjoys full support of the people. Leaders of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) hope that the cabinet may pass a resolution to dissolve the Assembly and recommend this to Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan.
If the Election Commission agrees, the polls may be held in December along with the elections in three other states. This involves advancing the election by six months. The term of the Assembly will end only in June.
For last few weeks, Rao had been dropping hints of assembly elections being advanced. He has already declared that the party will announce the candidates in September. The move is to avoid simultaneous elections to the Assembly and the Parliament.
His two meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in August further added to the speculation.
Meanwhile, the massive arrangements for the mega rally have raised eyebrows in the opposition circles. The Congress and other opposition parties have alleged that TRS was misusing official machinery. They asked TRS to explain the source of funds for the event.
The massive mobilisation of people is expected to affect the traffic movement on Outer Ring Road (ORR) as thousands of vehicles will be heading towards the venue from different entry points along ORR. Rama Rao has suggested to people not attending the meeting to stay