Since the election of the TRS (Telangana Rashtra Samithi) in 2014 and the party’s good performance in the governing the Telangana state, it looks likely that they might be elected for another five years in office. This is further strengthened by the fact that no strong opposition has been formed to counter the party’s strong influence although there are some indications.
The political party popularity in Telangana State is divided among TRS, BJP, and Congress although smaller parties such as JSP, CPI and CPM have some support albeit small. It is, however, indisputable that TRS and Congress wield the most power and that these two heavyweights will be the ones to square out on the battlefield.
While no formidable opposition has been set up to challenge the power of TRS the political landscape seems to be morphing with every passing month. In March 2018 a new political outfit by the name Telangana Jana Samithi was founded by M Kondandaram as a political alternative to the TRS. It does not, however, have the political mettle to single-handedly challenge the TRS without forming a coalition with a powerful party like Congress. Indeed Uttam Kamar the president of Congress Telangana party has opined that his party is open to alliances with other parties in the forthcoming election.
In a surprise move that might disrupt opposition parties and throw their plans into a tailspin, K Chandrasekar Rao (KCR) Telangana’s chief minister and his cabinet recently dissolved the assembly and passed a motion seeking elections in the state. The Governor was notified of the decision to dissolve assembly on 6th September 2018; which he accented to and requested KCR to remain caretaker chief minister of the state till election time. It is therefore expected that Telangana elections 2018 are likely to be held alongside those in the states of Mizoram, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan.
The chief minister has also gone on to unveil a list of 105 candidates who will vie on the TRS ticket and exuded confidence that they will garner more than a 100 seats in the forthcoming elections. While he has denied the move is not a political one, political analysts see this and the decision to dissolve assembly as part of TRS political strategy. They mostly see it as a move to counter the effects of a Congress-TDP alliance that was very likely to happen.