Telangana Rashtra Samithi president and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao will not contest in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. Top leaders in the party dismissed reports of KCR considering an MP seat as speculation and added that he had no such plans.
Senior TRS leaders said that KCR might not contest now (he is likely to do it after the polls by vacating a TRS seat), his nephew and Siddipet MLA (who was the irrigation minister in the previous TRS government) T. Harish Rao may contest in this general election to play a bigger role if it comes to that.
According to the party sources, KCR believes that if TRS manages to win 16 (Lok Sabha) seats, it will emerge as a formidable force in national politics and even be in a position to decide the next government.
KCR also led his party to a stunning victory in the 2018 assembly elections by winning 88 seats. In the 2014 general elections, it won 11 parliamentary seats. Subsequently, four MPs from the opposition defected to the TRS. The party is likely to announce its Lok Sabha candidates by today evening (March 17th).