New Delhi: After registering a landslide victory in the recently held assembly election in Telangana, TRS president K Chandrashekhar Rao will take oath as the Chief Minister for a second consecutive term on Thursday. Reports suggest that Laxmi Narayan Acharya, the chief priest of the Yadadri temple, has advised KCR to take oath at 1.24 pm.

“Between 1.24 pm and 2.54 pm on December 13 is an auspicious time for KCR to be sworn in as the Telangana chief minister,” a leading portal quoted Acharya as saying.

The newly elected legislators of TRS on Wednesday elected KCR their leader at a meeting held at the Telangana Bhavan, the TRS headquarters. The TRS chief told reporters after the meeting that since the Election Commission has to issue a Gazette notification, the constitution of a full-fledged cabinet may take few days.

He said he would take the oath along with a colleague at Raj Bhavan on Thursday. KCR also tendered his resignation to the Governor to facilitate the formation of the new government and his swearing-in.

The TRS chief said he would try to give representation to all sections in the cabinet. The state can have a maximum of 18 members in the cabinet due to the Constitutional restriction. He, however, felt that the cabinet size was proving insufficient and there was a need to increase the numbers.

A delegation of TRS leaders met the Governor and presented a resolution passed at the TRS Legislature Party meeting, unanimously electing KCR as its leader.

Earlier, Telangana Chief Electoral Officer Rajat Kumar and Election Commission’s Principal Secretary S.K. Rudola met the Governor and submitted the list of newly elected legislators.

Plans to extend the investment support scheme for farmers across India

Rao on Wednesday said the proposed Federal Front will extend across the country ‘Rythu Bandhu’, an investment support scheme for farmers currently being implemented in Telangana. He told reporters that he would like to replicate across the country what he has achieved in Telangana.

Under ‘Rythu Bandhu’ launched in April, the Telangana government is providing financial assistance of Rs 4,000 to every farmer per acre per crop. Every year, a farmer gets Rs 8,000 per acre.

The TRS leader alleged that both the Congress and BJP had failed the country due to political opportunism and cheap politics. He said both the parties wanted to keep unlimited powers with them. “As far as centralization of powers is concerned, both the parties are one and the same.”

Assembly Election result

TRS won 88 seats in the 119-member Assembly, just two short of a three-fourths majority, in the Telangana Assembly Election 2018 Results. Rao (64) himself won by a margin of over 51,000 votes from his Gajwel seat, trouncing V Pratap Reddy of the Congress. Rao’s son KT Rama Rao and nephew T Harish Rao also won by impressive margins.

The Praja Kutami (Peoples Front), a 4-party opposition alliance led by the Congress that included Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s TDP, CPI and the newly formed Telangana Jana Samiti (TJS), cut a sorry figure together winning 21 seats. The Congress had just 19 seats in its kitty, two less than what it won in the last polls, while the TDP could win only two against its tally of 15 seats in 2014. The two other coalition partners failed to open their account.

Following the humiliating defeat, the Congress party had voiced the suspicion that the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) is manipulated. Claiming that the elections were not free and fair, state Congress chief Uttam Kumar Reddy had said it was not a moral but only “technical” victory for the TRS.

He had asked all Congress candidates to submit letters to returning officers concerned for counting of paper trails. “We will also complaint to ECI on this matter. How can TRS leaders say before counting that who will lose in elections,” had said Reddy.

In the 2014 Assembly election, the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) had bagged 63 seats with a vote-share of 34 per cent and the Congress 21 seats with 25 per cent vote-share. The TDP had fought the poll in alliance with the BJP then. The TDP won 15 seats with 14.5 per cent vote-share and the BJP five with seven per cent vote-share.

Telangana was the only state among the five where results of assembly polls were declared on Tuesday that the Congress had cobbled together a coalition amid the talk of formation of a broad-based alliance to take on the BJP-led NDA in the Lok Sabha polls next year.

The BJP, which had won five seats in the last assembly polls in 2014 held in undivided Andhra Pradesh that it contested in alliance with the TDP, had to be content with just one seat out of the 118 where its candidates tried their luck. Its state chief and sitting MLA K Laxman finished a poor third in Musheerabad.

Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi’s party AIMIM, which Rao calls a “friendly party”, won seven seats, equalling its performance in the 2014 polls.

A total of 1,821 candidates were in the fray for the Assembly elections in Telangana. The state recorded a voter turnout of over 73 per cent.

(With agency inputs)