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Kolkata: Anumula Revanth Reddy, who assumed office as president of the Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee on July 7, brings youthful aggression and combative enthusiasm to the party. Though the Congress is responsible for creating the youngest state by reorganising erstwhile Andhra Pradesh in 2014, it is far from being in a position to come to power in Telangana. The party enjoys a vote share of 20-30 per cent in a majority of the 119 assembly constituencies, but lacks the cutting edge to win even half the seats.

Assembly elections are due in Telangana only in December 2023, but Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) president and Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao (KCR) has the penchant for calling early elections, like he did in 2018, in order to ensure victory in the face of a daunting challenge. For KCR, the next assembly poll will be the toughest in his political career, considering that the electorate has enabled a victory for his TRS twice in a row.

Apart from the adverse impact of incumbency, the TRS will have to counter the stiff challenge posed by the Congress and the BJP. The first round of that challenge will be provided by these parties in the upcoming assembly bypoll for the Huzurabad seat in September-October. The incumbent, Eatala Rajender of the TRS, resigned after KCR sacked him from the state cabinet, and will contest on a BJP ticket in the bypoll. In preparing for the bypoll, state BJP president Bandi Sanjay Kumar is setting out on a ‘Bandi March’ from August 9 to October 2. It will be a 750 km, four-phase walkathon from Hyderabad to Huzurabad to expose “the KCR family misrule”.

10/07/21 Romita Datta/India Today

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