news Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 05:30
  For months now, it is being speculated that the TRS and BJP are interested in forming a political alliance. When the Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in February, TNM wrote about the talks between the two parties, on and off the record.  Of late, their mutual liking is becoming too obvious. Telangana is probably the only non-BJP ruled state which is implementing the Modi government campaigns at the state level with much so much vigour.  To Modi’s "Swachch Bharat" call, Telangana responded with the "Swachch Hyderabad" campaign. And when Modi’s lion roared "Make in India", Telangana’s own Make in Telangana campaign rolled out.  If these hints weren’t enough, here it is straight from the chief minister's daughter. Speaking to reporters in Nizamabad last week, KCR's daughter and MP K. Kavitha said, “If the PM takes a decision to induct the TRS into the Union government, then the TRS will think about it.’’ Even on the crucial land acquisition bill that the BJP is spearheading, the TRS is sitting on the fence and will probably decide depending on how things work out.  Neither TRS nor the state unit of the BJP are willing to comment on record, but her is what we figure the parties will gain from the alliance. For the TRS, an alliance with the BJP would mean access to a lot more resources from the centre for the new state.  It would stand to gain more political capital as well, if some it’s MPs and inducted as Ministers at the centre. Sources within the TRS indicate that the TRS chief wants two of the TRS MPs, his daughter K Kavitha and Rajya Sabha MP Keshav Rao. The BJP on the other hand, stands to gain ground on India's newest state and plant a few seeds that could take root by the next general elections. The BJP had almost no political hold over the state before the bifurcation, and is still a part of the ruling TDP-BJP alliance in the neighbouring state of Andhra Pradesh. The job having been done in AP, the BJP might want to gain more traction in Telangana. But it is not just gains, the parties would stand to lose partners too.  An alliance with BJP would mean that the TRS would have to forgo its unofficial alliance with the Asaduddin Owaisi led MIM. It would also mean that the party might have to make space for the BJP by allotting some cabinet positions in the state to the BJP members.  The BJP stands to lose the support of the TDP in Andhra Pradesh if saffron mixes with pink in Telangana.  TDP Rajya Sabha MP C M Ramesh has said earlier, "BJP and TDP have fought together and are together. How can BJP be with TDP in one state and with TRS in another state? BJP cannot ride two horses. If they are with TRS then they would have to leave TDP."
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