It’s battle royale between KCR & rest

HYDERABAD: The day of reckoning has finally arrived. Will the people of Telangana vote for or against him? It is this straightforward question that people of India’s youngest state will try and answer as they cast their vote on Friday.

The assembly – Telangana’s first since its formation in 2014 – has virtually become a referendum on three key aspects — whether Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao sustained his image as the statehood superman, whether his government did enough to touch people’s lives and whether the spoils of power were shared equally among stakeholders.

Even the opposition framed its debate around KCR. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and TDP president and Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu, all targeted KCR and his family.

As Uttam Kumar put it, “It’s a battle between the people of Telangana and KCR’s family.”

There were two main criticisms against KCR – he remained largely inaccessible even to his legislators especially in the last couple of years and that he concentrated power in the family – his son, daughter and nephew being his closest confidantes. KCR tried to make up for this by having rallies in as many constituencies as possible with his chopper-hopping tours.
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