India’s youngest state:- Telangana, all set to face polls

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Telangana which is one the youngest states in the country is all set to face elections in less than 5 years of its formation. After months of speculation, Chief Minister and TRS President K Chandrashekhar Rao finally announced that his party was ready to face polls.

His announcement did not come as a surprise. He chose his lucky number 6, in this scenario September 6th, to make the announcement. But what did come as a surprise was the fact that his party is going solo for the election. He refused to side with any national party. In fact, he went to launch a scathing attack against Congress. He even went to call out Congress President Rahul Gandhi as a buffoon for hugging Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Parliament during the No-Confidence Motion Debate.

KCR will in fact begin his political campaigning from Friday, 7th September. While the Chief Minister said that elections would be held in November, there was no official confirmation in this regard from Election Commission.

In the press conference, KCR also claimed that he has ”completed 99.9% of the work” promised by him, his critics however feel otherwise.
With the Governor now in charge, the Caretaker CM is expected to leave no stone unturned to ensure his sacrifice doesn’t go in vain.

With almost 9 months ahead of the scheduled poll, many feel this step is a political hara-kiri by KCR. However there could be several reasons behind this move. If scheduled with the general elections, public sentiment could work in favour of other parties which have much popular faces. Also if elections are held now, KCR could woo the general public in his state minus all the hype surrounding the national politics. Secondly KCR could use the good monsoon and bumper crop yield to attract rural votes now. Plus he can beat the anti-incumbency factor now as waiting for another year could hurt his chances given the mounting opposition against his working style.

Regardless of whether KCR wins the polls or not, the big question is will India’s youngest state survive this unexpected/expected political turmoil unleashed by the very man who created it? Will TRS sweep Telangana or will any other political veteran steal the show?

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Why Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad is just a PR exercise

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Beggars were removed. Walls were cleaned up. A city was spruced up. But have you wondered why India, Telangana and US were in an overdrive mode for Global Entrepreneurship Summit?

Telangana pips Andhra:

For Telangana, one of India’s youngest state, this summit was a victory in the battle of ego. KCR toiled hard to ensure the event was held in Hyderabad, ensuring a victory over rival/neighbouring/sister state of Andhra Pradesh.

Modi’s diplomatic charm offensive:

This summit will benefit Prime Minister Narendra Modi in many ways. Not only will this bolster his image across the globe as a World Leader but will also attract his most hardcore fans- the NRIs. PM Modi is pro-capitalist and what better way to attract entrepreneurs than a summit?

PR exercise for Ivanka?

At W20 summit earlier this year Ivanka was booed. A major embarrassment for the young lady who aims to be her father’s political inheritor. Global Entrepreneurship Summit is her first major solo venture as the Advisor to White House. Many believe that she could be the First Woman President America has been waiting for. The theme of this summit is woman empowerment : a clear alignment with her political strategy.

But can Ivanka really change the tide? Can this summit propel her image as a female crusader of change? Only history can be a better judge of that. But if Ivanka seeks a long-standing political career, she will have to outshine her eccentric father and her prodigal husband.

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Blog by Isheeta Bali