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Deciphering K Chandrashekar Rao’s plunge into national politics

Founded by K Chandrashekar Rao on April 27, 2001, Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) is now Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS). In a bid to counter the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, Telangana Chief Minister Rao popularly known as KCR has taken a dip in national politics.

On October 5 in Dussehra, the Chief Minister launched the BRS, his national party, at the “auspicious hour” of 1:19 p.m.

KCR, 68, made the announcement during a conclave of party leaders, ministers, MPs, MPs and MLC at Telangana Bhavan, the party headquarters, in Hyderabad. The resolution to rename the TRS to BRS was passed unanimously at the general meeting.

The decision was greeted by cheering TRS members outside party headquarters with chants of ‘Desh ke neta KCR’ and ‘KCR Zindabad and TRS Zindabad‘.

JD(S) leader and former Chief Minister of Karnataka, HD Kumaraswamy, and Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) leader of Tamil Nadu, Thol Thirumavalavan also attended the launch of the KCR national party.

According India today, The KCR party flag will continue to be the car symbol on a pink background, but it will have the additional India map outline.

Why did TRS change its name to BRS? How do regional parties become national? Let’s find out.

KCR’s national ambitions

In 2019, TRS chairman KCR hinted that he would play a role in national politics. Since 2021, Telangana’s chief minister had escalated rhetoric against the BJP-led central government, notes The quintet.

In April this year, KCR during the party plenary disclosed its intention to launch a national party.

Over the past few months, the TRS leader has met with several non-BJP leaders, including Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his deputy Tejashwi Yadav; Arvind Kejriwal and Mamata Benerjee, Chief Ministers of Delhi and West Bengal respectively; the Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik; former Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray; former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Akhilesh Yadav; Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, MK Stalin and Pinarayi Vijayan respectively.

The TRS leader has also approached farmer organisations, trade unions and civil society groups for an alliance, reports NDTV.

KCR to introduce “Telangana Good Governance Model” to present alternative front to BJP in 2024 general election as per Indian Express.

“KCR will be the catalyst bringing parties together under one platform…His plan is not to become Prime Minister but to bring an alternative development model,” TRS MP KR Suresh Reddy said as quoted by NDTV.X

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KCR’s plan for BRS

KCR said at the launch event that farmer welfare will be BRS’ main program for which they will initially focus on neighboring Maharashtra and Karnataka, reports The Hindu.

The Chief Minister of Telangana also said that he plans to travel across the country and will depart from Maharashtra.

The BRS affiliated farmers’ association would be deployed from Maharashtra, according to the news agency PTI.

KCR’s Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) will drive forward the farmer welfare agenda. Image Courtesy: Twitter/@trspartyonline

“Maharashtra will be chosen as the first area of ​​activity. The National Party Affiliated Farmers Association will be first established from Maharashtra,” the Chief Minister said in an official statement.

KCR’s BRS would field candidates from multiple states in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, party sources said Indian Express.

TRS becomes BRS

According NDTV, the party forwarded the name change to the Election Commission of India (ECI).

Political parties can change their name under Section 29A of the Representation of the People Act 1951.

The electoral body allows parties to change their name within established rules and guidelines.

The new name can be in English, Hindi or any other regional language and should not affect any other existing political party, reports Telangana Today.

After being notified of the name change by the political party concerned, the ECI will review and make a decision within 30 days.

If approved, TRS can fight in the next elections as Bharat Rashtra Samithi.

However, despite the label change, BRS still has some way to go to be recognized as a national party.

To gain national party status, the KCR party will need to win at least six percent of valid votes in more than four states in general and regional elections, as well as win at least four seats in Lok Sabha.

The other route to becoming a national party is to gain recognition as a state party in four states.

TRS can also achieve status by winning 2% of general election seats in at least three different states, reports The footprint.

Party reaction to the launch of the BRS

While TRS All India ally Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) praised KCR for his party’s foray into national politics, opposition parties in Telangana including BJP and Congress condemned this decision.

AIMIM leader and MP for Hyderabad, Asaduddin Owaisi, tweeted: “Congratulations to the Chief Minister of Telangana for transforming TRS into a national party. My best wishes to the party for their new beginning.

The Congress and the BJP denounced Telangana’s chief minister for dropping ‘Telangana’ from party change.

Telangana Congress Committee Chairman A Revanth Reddy says KCR refused to recognize Telangana’s existence by renaming the party, reports The Hindu.

In an apparent reference to KCR’s son and Telangana IT Minister K Taraka Rama Rao, BJP Chairman Bandi Sanjay Kumar wrote: “TRS to BRS is like putting lipstick on a pig. #TwitterTillu claimed to be a game changer. But the father became a name changer. People are the ultimate fate changers.

At the launch of BRS, BJP Parliamentary Council Member and Rajya Sabha MP K Laxman claimed that it was the end of the road for KCR’s party in Telangana. Taking a dig, the BJP leader said the BRS was started to ‘unite unemployed political leaders in other states’, according to The Hindu.

With contributions from agencies

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