Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Thursday announced dissolution of the state assembly, paving way for early polls in the state.
The decision came after KCR convened a cabinet meeting, second in the last five days, following which he met Governor ESL Narasimhan and informed him about the decision to dissolve the Assembly.
“Dissolution is ‘pucca’. Yes, that’s what’s happening… the Cabinet will recommend dissolution or convening of the House to deliberate on the matter,” a senior TRS leader was earlier quoted as saying by PTI.
The Cabinet is expected to pass a resolution to recommend to Governor ESL Narasimhan to dissolve the Assembly, whose term is till May 2019. Reports state that the Chief Minister has also held detailed discussions with Chief Secretary SK Joshi and other top officials, apart from a series of meetings with top party leaders, in connection with the matter.
As per reports, the TRS chief considers ‘6’ his lucky number which is why he did not take the decision of Assembly dissolution during the Cabinet meeting on September 2.
Assembly elections in Telangana are originally scheduled to be held simultaneously with the Lok Sabha polls next year, but the Chief Minister sees advantage for TRS in delinking the two polls.
In recent weeks, the state government had announced a slew of measures for the benefit of various sections of the society. If reports are to be believed, the TRS may go for early elections to cash in on the perceived positive atmosphere prevailing for it in the state.
Earlier on Sunday, while addressing a TRS public meeting, CM 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. The Cabinet that met on Sunday ahead of the public meeting approved certain welfare measures. A major decision was for the construction of a community building for the Backward Classes on 75 acres of land in Hyderabad at a cost of Rs 70 crore.
Addressing a mega rally at Pragathi Nivedana Sabha — at Ibrahimpatnam on the outskirts of Hyderabad, Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao on Sunday 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).
The ruling TRS has planned to organise 100 public meetings across the state in 50 days, beginning with a meeting at Husnabad near Karimnagar on September 7. The party captured power in the state in the maiden assembly elections held in May 2014, winning 63 of the 119 seats.
(Inputs from Agencies)