Hyderabad: Newly elected Nizamabad MLC Kalvakuntla Kavitha Rao, the daughter of Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, asserted that the groundwork of an anti-BJP front has begun and it is likely to take shape after the GHMC elections.

In a close-room conversation with selected journalists, the MLC reiterated that TRS Chief KCR's proposed non-BJP conclave will kick-start in the second week of December.

The former parliamentarian who keeps an eagle's eye on national politics welcomed a few questions. Excerpts:

Q: TRS Chief has proposed for an anti-BJP front but history has proven that the party has supported Prime Minister Narendra Modi led BJP government at Centre?

A: TRS never supported Modi as a person but the government of India and its policies for the welfare of citizens or any law that is going to benefit the public. The party supported GST. In fact, Telangana was the first to establish a task force for the smooth collection of tax. TRS will never support divisive politics. The Centre has always neglected Telangana. Take the case of recent floods. The GOI allocated flood relief to other states but not Telangana. KCR took up this fight against the Centre since Congress as prime opposition party has miserably failed. It has failed to emerge as a strong alternative to BJP in India.

Q. Which party do you consider your opposition?

A: The BJP has bagged two assembly seats which are negligible and the Congress in Telangana is dead. Both national parties are at a great distance. The TRS party won with a thumping majority in 2018 general elections and it has further strengthened its cadres on the ground. The party has also amplified its machinery against fake news and propaganda. The GHMC elections will once again prove that the public is with TRS. The state government over the past six years spent Rs 67,000 Crore on the development of Hyderabad. It is enough to ensure TRS victory in GHMC polls

Q: In 2018, TRS chief KCR announced a federal front however it has not manifested to date. Is the recent announcement a knee-jerk ahead of the GHMC elections?

A: BJP and Congress have earlier criticized KCR with regard to the 'national politics'. But KCR's fight against the Centre was above 'petty politics'. His sole aim of opposing the Modi government is its anti-labor, anti-poor, anti-people, anti-farmer policies. Congress, which is dying a slow death at the national level, has failed to become an alternative to BJP. It is no more a national party. In this scenario, KCR has decided to take up this cause to protect all sections from the anti-people policies of the Modi government.

The non-BJP conclave caught the attention of not just political parties but also various employees, farmers, and trade unions across India. They are extending support to KCR's initiative to take on anti-farmer, anti-labor and anti-poor policies of the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre.

TRS will extend complete support to farmers' organizations and labor unions in their fight against anti-farmer and anti-labor policies of the Modi government. TRS party will extend its support to farmer's rally in Punjab against Modi government on December 23 to mark Kisan Diwas.

Q: Earlier TRS and AIMIM contested polls together. However, TRS President K. T Rama Rao has announced that the party will go solo in GHMC. It is an understanding or a strategy?

A: TRS is a secular party and we do have a decent vote bank in the AIMIM dominated area. There is no strategy. TRS will fight on the development card. In the past 6 years, several civic works including flyovers, parks were established in the old city areas. The party will win at least 10 wards in the old city, unlike the earlier municipal polls. A TRS woman corporator will be the next Hyderabad Mayor.

The MLC is not among the 10 star campaigners appointed by the party for the ensuing elections however has been given the responsibility to campaign in Gandhi Nagar ward.

Coreena Suares

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