Hyderabad: In a much-anticipated move, Telanagana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Thursday announced dissolution of the state assembly, paving way for early elections in the state. However, the decision on whether to hold an early election now rests with the Election Commission. Also Read - Coronavirus: France-returned Telangana Man Skips Home Quarantine to Wed, Event Attended by Over 1,000 People

“Have got no formal notification in this regard. As and when we get an official notification, we will deliberate on it for the future course of action,” said the Election Commission, responding on the development. Also Read - Cricket World Cup Dominated Search Trends, Here's What Indians Googled the Most in 2019

CM Rao conveyed the Cabinet’s recommendation of Assembly dissolution to Governor ESL Narasimhan who accepted it and asked the former to continue as caretaker chief minister of the state till the formation of a new government. Also Read - 'Have to Operate Within Purview of Constitution,' Says KTR on 'Lynch Rapists' Demand

Later, addressing a press conference, KCR announced candidates for 105 constituencies. He said only two sitting candidates were denied tickets, adding that candidates for the remaining 14 constituencies will be announced soon.

The TRS president also attacked the erstwhile Congress government in the state, blaming it for bomb blasts, communal violence and other issues which took place during its rule. He also challenged the party to “come to ground” and fight the elections.

“Before 2014 many issues were in Telangana, like bomb blasts, electricity issues, communal violence but now we are free of all this. I am asking Congress leaders to come to ground and fight in the elections and public will give the reply,” he said.

Taking a dig at Congress president Rahul Gandhi, he said, “Everyone knows what Rahul Gandhi is…the biggest buffoon in the country. Whole country has seen how he went to Mr Narendra Modi and hugged him, the way he is winking. He is a property for us, the more he comes (to Telangana) the more seats we will win”.

“Rahul Gandhi inherited the legacy of Congress Delhi sultanate, he is the legal heir of Congress empire of Delhi. That is the reason I appeal to the people, let us not become slaves to Congress, slaves to Delhi. Telangana ka nirnay Telangana mein hona chahiye,” he added.

Legislative Assembly elections in the state are originally scheduled to be held simultaneously with the Lok Sabha polls next year, but the TRS has made the move so that elections can take place early along with polls to four other states – Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Mizoram and Madhya Pradesh.

It is being speculated that the TRS government made the move on the presumption that there is a positive mood among people on the government. KCR claimed that various surveys by the party indicated that TRS would win about 100 seats (out of 119) in the assembly polls.

Addressing a TRS public meeting on Sunday last, Rao had referred to media reports about early polls and said ministers and party leaders had authorised him to take a decision on it in the interest of people and the party.

Addresing the ‘Pragathi Nivedana Sabha’, which was touted as the ‘mother of all meetings’, KCR had urged people of the state to emulate Tamil Nadu and not become slaves of Delhi-based parties. “You have to decide whether decisions relating to Telangana should be taken by us here or should we become slaves of Delhi parties,” Rao said, referring to Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).