Kommineni Srinivasa Rao
Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao (KCR) announced the appointment of former minister K Taraka Rama Rao (KTR) as the party working president in view of his focus on national politics, government schemes and others. Although it was rumoured that KTR would be promoted to take on bigger responsibility in the last term, especially after the GHMC polls, KCR took a back step. KTR delivered results in the GHMC polls.
In the recently concluded elections, KCR divided the campaign responsibilities among KTR and Harish Rao while he toured various constituencies in a whirlwind spree of election rallies. KTR concentrated mainly on Hyderabad while Harish Rao handled the campaign in the districts. KTR's promotion as the working president became easier after he ensured that the Congress and TDP lost in all the constituencies. As the Minister for IT and Panchayat Raj, KTR earned a special recognition.
At the same time, the TRS win was boosted by the Congress-TDP alliance and Chandrababu's campaign. KTR was successful in attracting the Seemandhra residents across the city. Despite being successful in electoral process, KTR is yet to prove his mettle in running the party. It was widely believed that Harish Rao had firm grip on the party cadre. The Congress leaders were hopeful of encashing the alleged differences between KTR and Harish Rao. But, Harish Rao always stayed loyal to KCR in this aspect.
Harish Rao is well aware of the fact that KCR would be inclined to give the reins to his son. It appears that he already had a broad picture of his position in the party. He was successful in protecting the party's interest in this matter.
Harish Rao publicly revealed his consent to working under KTR. On the other side, KTR acted as if everyone were to believe he has respect for Harish Rao. By visiting Harish Rao after being throned as the working president, KTR indicated that they were all united. All in all, KCR, his son KTR and son-in-law Harish Rao successfully drove the party to success in the polls.
For sure, KTR's responsibility as the party working president would help his case as a potential Chief Minister. KTR and Kavitha's ability to speak three languages also helped the TRS, while Harish Rao was a bonus too. With this, KCR's family proved that its unity is strength in itself. However, politics could change the scenario any day. All the best to KTR.