It looks like Telangana Rashtra Samithi president and chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has given full powers to his son K T Rama Rao who has been anointed as the party working president in the selection of candidates for the ensuing Lok Sabha elections and also the MLAs to be given cabinet berths.
It was evident from the way KTR announced the candidature of sitting MP from Karimnagar Boyinapalli Vinod Kumar for the ensuing Lok Sabha elections from the same seat.
He said Vinod had done commendable job in Delhi in bringing funds to Telangana. He asked all the party workers to vote for Vinod again in the coming Lok Sabha elections with a thumping majority.
KTR’s announcement came as a surprise as there was a talk that his father himself would contest from Karimnagar in the Lok Sabha elections so as to play a role at the national level.
With the announcement of Vinod’s name, it is now being speculated that KCR might prefer to contest from Medak.
It is learnt KTR is reluctant to give the party ticket to G Vivek for Peddapalli parliamentary seat as he feels Vivek had ditched the TRS.
Similarly, he is likely to choose his brother-in-law and Siddipet MLA T Harish Rao to move to Parliament from Zaheerabad parliamentary constituency or for nomination to Rajya Sabha, so that there would be no hurdle for him to become the chief minister.
KTR is also said to be playing a crucial role in picking up the ministers in KCR cabinet.
Several ministerial aspirants are making rounds to KTR in Telangana Bhavan and other places, rather than Pragathi Bhavan to meet KCR.
Obviously, KCR has asked him to choose the right mix of experienced and young ministers for the cabinet.