Here’s all you need to know about the upcoming Telangana Assembly elections.
Here’s all you need to know about the upcoming Telangana Assembly elections.(Photo: Kamran/The Quint)
  • 1. Let's Understand the Early Polls
  • 2. The Main Contenders in Battlefield Telangana
  • 3. The Issues that Matter
  • 4. How Telangana Voted in 2014
  • 5. What Pre-Poll Surveys Say
  • 6. But, If TDP is Not a Strong Opponent, Why Are TRS & BJP...
Telangana Election: Will TRS & KCR Emerge Victorious Again?

It is an open secret that Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao (KCR), Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) president and the state’s caretaker, is a superstitious man with immense belief in numerology.

When he dissolved the Assembly on 6 September 2018, eight months ahead of its end term, pundits saw it as a move guided not just by numbers and electoral arithmetic, but superstition too.

As India’s youngest state heads to early Assembly polls on 7 December 2018, here’s all that you need to know about battlefield Telangana – the main players, the number game and key issues surrounding it.

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    1. Let's Understand the Early Polls

    A united Andhra Pradesh has voted for both state Assembly and the Lok Sabha at the same time — from 1999 till 2014. However, since August 2018, media reports suggested that KCR was getting ‘battle-ready’ to dissolve the Assembly and go to polls in winter 2018, along with Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram.

    So when KCR dissolved the Assembly on 6 September, his supposed ‘lucky’ date, it did not come as surprise to many. Hours after dissolving the Assembly, he released a list of 105 candidates who will fight the elections from Husnabad, the very place he launched his 2014 campaign. So, why eight months early?

    REASONS FOR EARLY ELECTIONS

    • For one, the TRS chief would have been in the middle of a national contest between BJP-led NDA and Congress-led Mahagatbandhan, as The News Minute points out. This would hamper the ‘Telangana-centered’ narrative that KCR and his party solely rely on.
    • At the time, KCR would have also thought of the possibility of traditional rivals, the Congress and Telugu Desam Party (TDP), forging an unconventional alliance like the Samajwadi Party-Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) to fight elections in the state. He did not want to give them the time to work together, an Economic Times report said.
    • The report also reasoned that TRS will be in a better position to secure around 12 percent minority votes – through direct or indirect partnership with Asaduddin Owaisi's AIMIM if the polls are nor held simultaneously with the general elections.
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