Municipal Administration Minister KT Rama Rao is turning out to be a master troubleshooter for the TRS. He has been effectively resolving issues that cropped up after the announcement of 105 candidates as some aspirants voiced their dissent.
Soon after names of TRS candidates for the ensuing elections were announced, a few aspirants expressed their dissent. Sensing the strife among cadres, Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao assigned Rama Rao the job of troubleshooting. Except for a few, majority of the leaders were convinced by the Minister to work in tandem with the party leadership and its candidates with the slogan of ‘KCR for CM’ and ‘Phir ek bar KCR’.
One of the major interventions by Rama Rao brought the much-needed boost to TRS in Warangal. Though the TRS leadership renominated candidature of former Deputy Chief Minister T Rajaiah from Station Ghanpur constituency, followers of Deputy Chief Minister K Srihari opposed the move and had approached the TRS leadership seeking MLA ticket for Srihari who is currently a Member of the Legislative Council. They also wanted the TRS leadership to give MLA ticket to at least Srihari’s daughter Kavya.
However, Rama Rao, who convened talks with Srihari and his followers as well as Rajaiah, brought truce between the two groups, leading to Srihari and his aides coming out in full support of Rajaiah’s candidature. This was not the only case where the Minister played a key role in ironing out differences within the party. He has been successful in all such cases in the past couple of months, notwithstanding the constituencies represented by the aspirants from across the State.
“Rama Rao has been very persuasive and convincing with the aspirants while explaining the advantages and disadvantages in each case. While some were promised better opportunities at appropriate time, most of them were only required to be explained about the need to return TRS to power as well as having K Chandrashekhar Rao at the helm of affairs to keep the State on the development track,” a senior TRS leader who attended one of the peacekeeping meetings told Telangana Today. Due to the efforts of Rama Rao, the situation in most of the constituencies is said to be under control for TRS.
The dissent was mainly witnessed in constituencies where the sitting MLAs from TDP and other parties who joined TRS, were renominated to contest in the ensuing polls. There are several instances where Rama Rao played the peacekeeper between TRS candidates and aspirants including Shankar Naik and Redya Naik’s daughter Kavitha Naik respectively from Mahabubnagar constituency, Redya Naik and Satyavathi Rathod respectively from Dornakal constituency, Errabelli Dayakar Rao and Takkelapalli Ravinder Rao respectively from Palakurthy, Minister Indrakaran Reddy and Srihari Rao respectively from Nirmal, among others. Issues pertaining to constituencies of Mudhole, Sattupalli, Madira, Bhongir and other constituencies also have been resolved.