Telangana Legislative Council Chairman Criticizes BRS Leadership Over Assembly Poll Defeat

Telangana Legislative Council Chairman criticizes BRS leadership for not properly reviewing party's defeat in 2023 Assembly polls, warns of fading away if not restructured.

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Telangana Legislative Council Chairman Criticizes BRS Leadership Over Assembly Poll Defeat

Telangana Legislative Council Chairman Criticizes BRS Leadership Over Assembly Poll Defeat

Gutha Sukhender Reddy, the Telangana Legislative Council Chairman, has criticized the Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) leadership for not properly reviewing the party's defeat in the November 2023 Telangana Assembly elections. Reddy, a senior BRS leader, cited a lack of organizational strength and a disconnect between ministers, party workers, and people in districts like Nalgonda, Mahabubnagar, Khammam, and Nizamabad as reasons for the party's loss.

In the recent Assembly elections, the BRS lost to the Congress, which secured 64 out of the 119 seats, while the BRS won only 39 seats. Reddy alleged that the BRS's defeat was due to party supremo K. Chandrashekar Rao's inaccessibility to party leaders, the domination of a coterie around him, and the renomination of unpopular sitting MLAs as candidates.

Why this matters: The criticism from a senior BRS leader highlights the internal troubles within the party following its defeat in the state assembly elections. It raises questions about the party's leadership and its ability to address organizational weaknesses and reconnect with the people ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

Reddy pointed out that the behavior of the then ministers, MLA-centric politics, and the arrogant behavior of the Chief Minister led to the party losing people's faith. He deplored that KCR had practically ignored issues related to the combined districts of Nalgonda, Khammam, Warangal, and Mahbubnagar, leaving the ground to local leaders, which contributed to the party's near-complete defeat in these districts.

The Legislative Council Chairman said, "The factors that led to the BRS's fall in the Assembly election were a lack of honest review of the party's structure and preparedness in facing the polls." He called for restructuring the party with the right people in the right places, warning that the BRS would otherwise fade away after the Lok Sabha polls.

Despite the criticism, the BRS has already kicked off its campaign for the Lok Sabha polls with rallies in Chevella and Andole assembly constituency. BRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao is set to commence a 17-day statewide bus tour campaign with a roadshow at Miryalaguda on April 24, ending with a public meeting at Siddipet on May 10.

Reddy dismissed rumors about him joining the Congress and said he would remain as the Council Chairman until November 2027. BRS Suryapet MLA G. Jagadish Reddy acknowledged Sukhender Reddy's concerns and said the party would reach out to him and try to address the issues he raised. The BRS leadership faces the challenge of introspecting on its shortcomings, strengthening its organizational structure, and reconnecting with the people to improve its performance in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Key Takeaways

  • Telangana Legislative Council Chairman criticizes BRS for not reviewing election defeat
  • BRS lost to Congress in 2023 Telangana Assembly polls, winning only 39 of 119 seats
  • Reddy cites lack of organizational strength, disconnect between ministers and people as reasons
  • Reddy warns BRS must restructure or "fade away" after upcoming Lok Sabha polls
  • BRS leadership faces challenge of introspecting on shortcomings, reconnecting with people