TRS, a standard fence-sitter in House, now warms as much as Opposition

The Telangana Rashtra Samithi — which has on many events sided with the BJP authorities and backed it on essential payments — Monday sprang a shock by deciding to be part of a joint assertion issued by opposition events condemning the suspension of 12 Rajya Sabha MPs. And on Tuesday, it joined an Opposition assembly.

TRS has by no means been a part of the opposition grouping in Parliament. It has not supported the opposition events on their protest actions both — the most recent being the boycott of the Constitutional day. It has, up to now, supported the federal government on some essential payments and opposed it on some. For occasion, TRS had opposed the three Farm Bills final yr.

The TRS together with the BJD had been at all times seen as fence-sitters.

The presence of its Rajya Sabha chief Okay Keshav Rao on the Opposition assembly, convened by Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, therefore evoked shock. The get together has seven members in Rajya Sabha. The TRS’s warming as much as the Opposition could be seen within the context of the altering political dynamic within the state.

BJP is rising stronger in Telangana and posing a problem to the Okay Chandrasekhar Rao authorities. This month, BJP defeated TRS within the Huzurabad by-polls.

Interestingly, TRS chief and Telangana Chief Minister Okay Chandrasekhar Rao had been a proponent of a Federal Front. Rao had met Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in 2018 however nothing got here of it. The events contested the 2019 Lok Sabha elections on their very own.

Asked about his presence on the opposition assembly, Keshava Rao admitted that there’s a notion that the TRS is “closer to the BJP.” He stated he desires that notion to go.

“I have always been an opposition man. We have defeated the BJP and got their deposits forfeited in 100 odd seats. What more do you want? I agree with you that there is a perception in the media and even among the people that we are closer to the BJP than the opposition. It is absolutely wrong. I want this perception to go,” he informed The Indian Express.

Asked whether or not he’ll proceed to attend the opposition conferences, he stated “I am the opposition. The opposition is part of me.” Asked if the warm-up to the opposition is due to the increasing footprint of the BJP in Telangana, he stated “we will support anything which is in the interest of the nation and we will oppose anything which is done against the people which Modi is capable of…The colours of Modi are becoming clearer now a days,” he added.