K Chandrasekhar Rao, the Chief Minister of Telangana, is looking to extend his political influence beyond the Vindhyas by establishing state units in Haryana and Chhattisgarh—two states which will hold elections in the next eighteen months.
KCR is working to bring together the Opposition prior to the 2024 parliamentary elections. Still, he has also resolved to build a presence in predominantly rural states with a focused agricultural agenda.
Sources have reported that the Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao’s newly renamed Bharat Rashtra Samithi party is setting up units in the states of Chhattisgarh and Haryana. The state of Chhattisgarh is due to go to the polls in November-December of this year, while the state of Haryana is set to have elections in October 2024.
A senior member of the party has said, “We are currently in the process of forming state units in the northern states. A number of political party leaders from different states have been in contact with KCR garu and have shown an interest in joining the party.”
KCR’s national expansion plan kicked off with a rally in Nanded, Maharashtra, in February, where he declared, “Ab ki baar, Kisan Sarkar” (This time, a government of the farmers). The same strategy is being employed in Haryana and Chhattisgarh, where the party has roped in prominent farmer leader Gurnam Singh Chaduni and is in talks with Janata Congress Chhattisgarh’s Amit Jogi.
To attract agricultural laborers and farmers, the Telangana government’s welfare scheme Telangana Rythu Bandhu will be at the heart of KCR’s northern expansion program. The plan provides ₹5,000 per acre per season to support farmers in two crop cycles. The regional party previously contested 57 of 90 seats and won five in the state of Chhattisgarh.
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