TRS is now BRS, KCR moves historic resolution for foray into national politics

After 22 years, the TRS chapter (2001) as regional party is now closed and relegated to history books and enters BRS, a national party, with an eye on New Delhi and to capture power in the country!

By CR Gowri Shanker  Published on  5 Oct 2022 10:20 AM GMT
TRS is now BRS, KCR moves historic resolution for foray into national politics

Hyderabad, Oct 5: Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) formed 21 years ago to achieve Telangana Statehood and created history by getting it, is now Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS).

After 22 years, the TRS chapter (2001) as regional party is now closed and relegated to history books and enters BRS, a national party, with an eye on New Delhi and to capture power in the country!

Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao proposed the change of name of the party to foray into national politics and it has been unanimously approved by TRS general body.

At the dot of 1.19 pm Dasara day Wednesday, October 5, 2022, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao signed the papers changing the name of his political party TRS to BRS at Telangana Bhavan here in Hyderabad.

KCR read out the historic resolution in the presence of party general body and flanked by former Karnataka Chief Minister and Janata Dal (S) leader, H D Kumaraswamy, who is in city along with 20 odd MLAs and TRS Secretary General Dr K Keshava Rao besides other senior party leaders.

KCR announced: "Telangana Rastra Samithi party has conducted its general body meeting on 5.10.2022 at its party headquarters in Hyderabad. The party general body meeting unanimously resolved to change the name of the party from Telangana Rashtra Samithi to Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) with a view to extend its activities nation-wide. Accordingly, the constitution of party is also amended."

The party leaders burst into claps and greeted the Chief Minister. Kumaraswamy immediately presented a yellow color shawl to KCR. Over 280 party executive members including MPs, MLAs attested the resolution to change the name of TRS to Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS).

The resolution papers and approval by TRS general body will be presented to Election Commission of India in New Delhi tomorrow by TRS legal team accompanied by senior party leader B Vinod Kumar, ex-MP, it is learnt

Besides, Kumaraswamy, two MPs belonging to Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK), Dalit leader Thirumavalavan, some farmers leaders and host of TRS leaders were present. Most of the leaders said that their aim was BJP. Kumaraswamy said "the main aim is to put up a united fight against BJP. It's a combination of various regional parties who come together by rising above their political differences."

Thirumavalavan on his Twitter said he was in Hyderabad at the invitation of Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao for launch of BRS. He greeted Rao for his foray into national politics, VCK is in alliance with ruling DMK in Tamil Nadu. Several TRS Ministers including T Harish Rao, T Srinivas Yadav and others greeted KCR.

Now the focus will who would head the new BRS party and will CM KCR hand over CM gaddi to KTR or not?

TRS was formed on April 27, 2001 to achieve Statehood for Telangana and successfully got Telangana on June 2, 2014. Not only, that KCR who lead the Telangana struggle, ensured big for his party twice and became Chief Minister.

Though there were rumors of KCR floating a new national political party, the confusion it might create in the runup to elections and legal complications, favoured renaming of the party.

Chief Minister and TRS supremo K Chandrasekhar Rao's proposal was unanimously approved by the TRS general body and the entire TRS leadership including Ministers, MPs, MLAs, MLCs, DCCB Chairpersons, DCMS chairpersons and others.

Former Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy along with a team besides some farmers leaders met the Chief Minister on the occasion.

While ruling regional parties in the country haven't made any commitment to KCR to join his bandwagon, it is learnt KCR has approached some smaller parties in the country for merger with BRS or alliance in the run up to polls. Operation Andhra Pradesh has already begun.

It was political festive atmosphere on the auspicious Dasara festival day at the Pragati Bhavan, the official residence of Chief Minister Somajiguda and Telangana Bhavan, the TRS party headquarters in Banjara Hills.

The entire stretch of road was decorated with flags, cutouts, posters of TRS turning into BRS and launch of national political party. Life size cutouts of KCR dotted entire stretch of road. As Chief Minister left his official residence for Telangana Bhavan around 12.30 pm after a meeting with party leaders and sought their approval for turning TRS into BRS, scores of party workers raised "KCR zindabad," "Desh Ki (read Ka) KCR.

BRS party office has been opened in New Delhi on SP road while a new building is under construction. KCR legal team along with B Vinod Kumar will meet Election Commission officials tomorrow to formally submit application for the change of name of TRS into BRS.

TRS is aiming Southern States first for expansion to ensure National party recognition, especially neighboring States first like Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra. Focus is also on Raichur, in Hyderabad Karnataka, Bidar, Nanded in Maharashtra.

Elsewhere, when a reporter asked to comment on KCR's decision to launch national party, former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP supremo N Chandrababu Naidu parried the question with a smile.

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