In the 2018 assembly polls, the Congress had won 114 seats, BJP 109 seats and seven seats had gone to others.
The ruling TRS seems to have been preparing the ground to reclaim the Nizamabad Lok Sabha seat it lost to BJP in 2019.
The recent pledge by K Chandrasekhar Rao’s daughter Kalvakuntla Kavitha to defeat BJP’s Arvind Dharmapuri is followed by an administrative meeting chaired by the Chief Minister on Sunday to uplift the Nizamabad constituency.
The meeting left a message to the Opposition indicating that all was not well in the Kalvakuntla family and Kavitha was sulking after being overlooked by her father and brother KT Rama Rao, the TRS working president.
Kavitha was absent from the meeting at the party headquarters where TRS president announced floating of the Bharat Rashtra Samithi after he name was dragged in to the Delhi Liquor Scam.
However, KCR not only held the key meeting on the development of Nizamabad, but announced that he would be visiting the city soon to inspect the developmental works which include better roads, new auditoriums, integrated markets, burial grounds and various other beautification projects.
Kavitha, who was present at the high level meeting, attended by ministers and secretaries of key departments gave her own inputs including the need for a new bus terminus at a spacious location and a sports ground as well as a new Haj House.
The Chief Minister directed the officials to “make Nizamabad beautiful” and assured that there won’t be any dearth of funds.
Notably, Kavitha had won the Nizamabad Lok Sabha seat in 2014 defying a stiff challenge by the Congress party. But in 2019, she lost to BJP’s Arvind Dharmapuri after he wooed the turmeric farmers promising the turmeric board at Nizamabad. A number of turmeric farmers also contested against her as independent candidates.
Meanwhile, Dharmapuri’s father D Srinivas who was once a key Congress leader was then in TRS. Months before the elections he was expelled from the party by KCR after Kavitha complained of sabotage. In recent times, Kavitha has alleged that a secret understanding between BJP and the Congress.
KCR’s “Make Nizamabad Beautiful” efforts are aimed at supporting his daughter as she gears up to take on Arvind Dharmapuri in 2024. The duo recently had a war of words and Kavitha threatened to beat him up at the crossroads of Nizamabad with a chappal if he continued to say “rubbish” against her or her family.
This came after Dharmapuri made an objectionable statement of “selling daughters” alleging that Kavitha was in touch with Congress leadership to join the party since she was not happy with TRS. These have suggested a keen fight between BJP and TRS in the Lok Sabha polls in 2024 for the Nizamabad constituency.