As he seeks to emerge as key player in national politics, KCR to inaugurate BRS office in New Delhi

He will perform Raja Syamala Yagnam before inaugurating the central office as believes that it would clear his path of any obstacles.

ByRaj Rayasam

Published May 03, 2023 | 2:09 PMUpdatedMay 03, 2023 | 3:15 PM

Telangana CM KCR visiting under-construction Bharat Rashtra Samiti (BRS) office in Vasant Vihar, Delhi. (Screengrab)

Telangana Chief Minister and BRS supremo K Chandrashekar Rao is set to inaugurate the party’s central office in Vasant Vihar in New Delhi on Thursday, 4 May, in pursuit of his dream of playing a key role in national politics.

The chief minister will perform Raja Syamala Yagnam before inaugurating the central office. The Telangana strongman believes that it would clear any obstacles in the path to his goal.

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A platform for parties with similar interest

After the Delhi office opens, it will serve as a platform for holding meetings with parties that have a similar wavelength as the BRS.

The idea is to forge some kind of unity among the anti-BJP forces, though the BRS stand vis-a-vis Congress is likely to remain nebulous, at least till the Telangana Assembly elections are over, later this year.

After the chief minister upgraded TRS into BRS to give the party a national look, he has been trying to make forays into other states.

He has already organised three major public meetings in neighbouring Maharashtra where he began enticing the farming community into supporting his party by explaining to them what went wrong in developing the infrastructure for agriculture in India.

As agriculture in the Marathwada region of Maharashtra is hamstrung by not having enough irrigation facilities, the chief minister found it to be a virgin soil for the BRS to grow.

He has also been highlighting the welfare and development schemes back in his home state of Telangana and how they had benefitted farmers.

On a mission to educate farmers

At a recent meeting in Hyderabad, where a few leaders from Maharashtra joined the BRS, he said he had taken up the responsibility of educating the farmers there on what was due to them.

He recalled the days when Maharashtra was the beacon of hope for the entire nation and how he as a youngster used to look at the state with awe.

He noted that over the years, it had slipped up in its development journey, so much so that he had to take the initiative of telling the farmers in the neighbouring state what should be done and how it should be done to put the agricultural economy in the state back on the rails.

The BRS supremo has also constituted the Andhra Pradesh unit of the party and has been drawing up strategies to find a toe-hold in the land where people always look at him as man who had divided the state much against their wishes, and feel that he was responsible for the present plight of not even having a capital city of their own.

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To worm his way into the hearts of the people in Andhra Pradesh, KCR had even taken the stand that the BRS government in Telangana would take over the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant and run it to protect the livelihood of its employees, much to the chagrin of the ruling YSCP in Andhra Pradesh.

He is continuing these overtures to draw the spotlight on him that he too could be a major player at the national level in the wake of the increase in the perceived anti-incumbency weight on the shoulders of the BJP-led NDA.

For that he has set up the central office to act as an anchor for the BRS to coordinate its activities across the nation.

In fact, the chief minister laid the foundation stone for the Vasanth Vihar office in September 2021 which is now complete in all respects. It is expected that ministers and MLAs and MPS would attend the ceremony.

Telangana Roads and Buildings Minister Vemula Prashanth Reddy has been camping in Delhi supervising the completion of the construction of the office building.