Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) President and Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao's daughter K. Kavitha said on Tuesday that there was never a doubt that the party will retain power with a huge majority in the recently held Legislative Assembly elections in the state. Kavitha, a member of the Lok Sabha from Nizamabad, also said that there was no anti-incumbency as the TRS government had done well on all fronts during the last four-and-a-half years.
"Unfortunately, we have an opposition which only looks to score brownie points and is not looking out for the interests of people. The people however have stood with KCR today," she told TNM in an interview as the results trickled in, predicting a clear win for the TRS.
The TRS leader said that the so-called tough fight between the TRS and Congress-led People's Front was showcased only on paper. "KCR's hard work has paid off," said Kavitha, adding that it was both welfare programmes and Telangana pride which worked for the party in this election.
The Nizamabad MP said Telugu Desam Party (TDP) President and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu hijacked the People's Front to hide his failures in his own state.
"I do not think that Chandrasekhar Rao and Chandrababu Naidu can be compared. Naidu failed as an administrator and that is why he is trying to bring parties together. Unlike him, KCR is a successful administrator and the programmes he has started in the state can be scaled up to a national level. The fundamental difference is that KCR is very sincere in his efforts but Naidu is making political moves to hide his failures", she told TNM.
Asked about the formation of a Federal Front that KCR has been talking about, she said that the TRS chief would now focus on national politics to work for an alternative to both Congress and BJP.
"Whenever regional forces emerge, national parties try to malign their reputation and try to ensure that these leaders don't rise. In the lead up to the elections, Modi called us the Team B of Congress and Rahul Gandhi called us the Team B of BJP. This is not going to work anymore. We are not Team B of anybody. We are Team B of Telangana and we are together with the AIMIM as well," she said.
With inputs from IANs