It looks like there is a systematic campaign by the Telangana Rashtra Samithi leaders to ready the ground for making party working president and state IT minister K T Rama Rao as the chief minister of the state and mentally prepare the people for the same.
For the last few days, ministers, MLAs and party leaders have been making statements at one place or the other hinting at KTR replacing his father K Chandrasekhar Rao as the chief minister. As if somebody is opposing the change, they are also posing a counter question as to what was wrong in it.
Some TRS leaders say it is going to happen soon and others are leaking to the media that the anointment of KTR as the chief minister would happen next month itself. Some others even fixed muhurtham as February 18.
Yet, KCR or KTR or any other family member hasn’t made any statement so far. They didn’t even deny these statements from minister or agree with it.
As if lending credence to this talk, assembly deputy speaker T Padma Rao openly addressed KTR as “soon-to-become chief minister,” well in the presence of KTR and other ministers including V Srinivas Goud and Puvvada Ajay and other dignitaries.
Participating in the inauguration of South Central Railway Employees Sangh’s Secunderabad divisional office, Padma Rao said: “I congratulate K T Rama Rao, who is going to become the chief minister of the state very soon, on behalf of the state assembly and also railway employees.”
He wished that after KTR takes over as the chief minister, he would come to the rescue of the railway employees.”
Interestingly, there was no response from KTR when Padma Rao was congratulating him. When his turn came to speak, KTR did not make any reference to Padma Rao’s greetings.
He spoke on various other issues concerning railways, but refrained from talking about his anointment as CM.