TRS ready for early polls, confident of victory: KCR’s son K T Rama Rao

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Hinting at the possibility of early elections in Telangana, IT Minister and son of Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, KT Rama Rao said the TRS believes the time has come to go back and seek a mandate. “If at all the elections are held early it will help the TRS. We will win both the state as well as Lok Sabha polls convincingly. Holding early elections will give us ample room to find potential partners for 2019 polls,” Rao told The Indian Express on Sunday on the sidelines of the party’s mega rally.“We believe the time has come to go back to the people and seek a mandate. We have 16 seats in Lok Sabha and we are confident we will win all, including Secunderabad. We want to play a decisive role in Delhi,” the minister said. Reiterating his confidence in the party’s ability to emerge victorious, Rao said, “We are ready to go for early elections if they happen. We are confident of a win. It is Congress which is scared. They are saying they will go to court if early elections are announced.”
On forming a Federal Front for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, he asserted, “We are confident of forming a federal front without BJP and Congress. We believe there are no national parties. Even BJP is a big regional party. We believe time has come for like-minded parties to come together and form a government at the Centre.”Earlier, party MP and KCR’s daughter K Kavitha had said that the party was seriously, but quietly, working on its idea of a Federal Front for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. “KCR has time and again said we will go with no party but alone (for 2019 polls). We have given enough chances to the Congress and the BJP and they have done nothing. It is time for regional parties to play a big role,” Kavitha said. When reminded that the non-Congress, non-BJP federal front being pushed by KCR appeared to have few takers since most regional parties were looking to rally around one of the national parties, Kavitha hinted that the front was being worked on for a post poll scenario. “KCR may not be visibly taking it forward. But things are constantly being worked upon towards this goal. Everything I’d not in front of the media. We are talking to all parties. The idea is alive.”Asked specifically about advancing of Assembly elections and what chances party saw for itself, Kavitha said, ” A party which is always with the people will win an election whenever it is held. ”The MP from Nizamabad also denied that the party was soft on the BJP as visible in the stands it takes on issues in Parliament and its support to the BJP candidate for Rajya Sabha post of deputy chairman. ” We are not soft on the BJP. On many issues we have vehemently opposed them. But we would like to have working relationship with the party at the Centre. If Congress did not filed its own candidate, we would have supported its Rajya Sabha deputy chairman bid. We wanted regional representation. ”