Hyderabad: Debates are doing the rounds over the political future of Telangana Rashtra Samiti Secretary-general K. Kesava Rao after he completes his Rajya Sabha term in March.Party sources said that Dr Rao may either be inducted into the Cabinet or be made Chairman of the Legislative Council.
Speculations are rife that Ms K. Kavitha, daughter of Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, could be sent to the Upper House on the retirement of Dr Kesava Rao. She has just about returned to the limelight after being away since losing the Nizamabad Lok Sabha seat. By appointing former MP B. Vinod Kumar as TS Planning Board Vice-Chairman with a Cabinet rank, Mr Chandrasekhar Rao has decidedly cleared the way for Ms Kavitha’s Rajya Sabha entry.
Dr Kesava Rao had wanted to become Assembly Speaker, a desire he is believed to have expressed to the CM during last year’s Assembly elections. In the absence of a safe constituency, Dr Kesava Rao was denied a party ticket.
Along with him, three MLCs are also completing their six-year terms in March, including Mr Karne Prabhakar and Mr Naini Narasimha Reddy from the TRS and the Congress’ Ramulu Naik. All three seats will go to the TRS.
According to speculation in TRS circles, Dr Kesava Rao may be made MLC and absorbed into the Cabinet. If Dr Kesava Rao wants to become Chairman of the Council, the incumbent Gutta Sukhendar Reddy will be taken into the Cabinet. He did not seek reelection from Nalgonda as he was assured of a Cabinet berth. In the changed circumstances, he was made Council Chairman.
Mr Narasimha Reddy may not get a renomination as MLC. He had made some comments against TRS leadership recently and also reacted sharply during the TSRTC strike. Mr Karne Prabhakar is likely to be renominated.
Sources close to CM suggest that he wants Ms Kavitha in national politics and son K.T. Rama Rao in the state....