Hyderabad: On a day marked with rapid fire political developments, the Telangana State Cabinet on Thursday afternoon recommended the immediate dissolution of the Legislative Assembly, a recommendation that was approved by Governor ESL Narasimhan subsequently when Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao called on him at Raj Bhavan and handed over the Cabinet resolution recommending the dissolution of the House.
Minutes after the Governor approved the recommendation of the Council of Ministers, the Legislature Secretariat issued an official notification by publishing in the Telangana Gazette the Governor’s decision to dissolve the First Legislative Assembly of Telangana State.
The Governor simultaneously asked Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao and his Cabinet colleagues to continue as the caretaker government for the State. This recommendation was immediately accepted by the Chief Minister.
Later, at a press conference, Chandrashekhar Rao also signalled the full preparedness of the TRS to face elections, releasing a list of TRS candidates for 105 of the 119 constituencies in the State. He said the names for the rest of the 14 constituencies will be released after some consultations in the party within the next week or so. These 14 include names of candidates for Medchal, Malkajgiri, Choppadandi, Vikarabad and Warangal East constituencies.
Nearly every one of the sitting MLAs of the party have found a place in the list as he had promised earlier with just two – Nallala Odelu from Chennur and Babu Mohan from Andole – getting cut from the list.
But even before he reached Telangana Bhavan, the TRS party headquarters in the city to address the media, the notification issued by the Governor on dissolution of the Legislative Assembly was communicated to the Election Commission of India that will now take a call on when to conduct elections for the Assembly.
Though there was a lot of speculation that the call for Assembly’s dissolution would come on Thursday, there was no official confirmation of a Cabinet meeting until the morning when it became known that it would meet at Pragati Bhavan at 1 p.m. The Cabinet met for just about 27 minutes and passed a unanimous one line resolution calling for the dissolution of the Assembly that was carried by the Chief Minister to the Raj Bhavan within minutes after the meet ended at Pragati Bhavan.
At the press meet, Chandrashekhar Rao laid out the reasons for dissolving the State Assembly. “Telangana State,” he said, “can ill afford a political fragility that the opposition parties were seeking to introduce, particularly when the State was making rapid progress.” He said his colleagues in the Cabinet were in consonance with the view that the constant sniping by the Opposition about the Government programmes and schemes could result in a situation that could hurt the State.
He said under the circumstances, it was decided that the best course of action was to go back to the people and seek a reaffirmation of the mandate to continue the work of the Government that put Telangana on top of all States in terms of economic growth and public welfare measures. The State, he said, also became a role model for others in the country for its development and welfare programmes that have been repeatedly acknowledged by the likes of the Prime Minister, Central Ministers, Chief Ministers of several States and other eminent personalities.
As news of early election spread across the State, people broke into impromptu celebrations in several districts, hailing the decision. A quick survey by Telangana Today revealed that people were for early election and that they were confident of the TRS returning to power for a second term.
The caretaker Chief Minister will launch the party campaign in Husnabad on Friday, when he will address a mammoth public meeting.