On behalf of the Telangana government, CM K Chandrasekhar Rao recommended the Governor to dissolve the Legislative Assembly of the state on Thursday and called for a cabinet meeting to prepare for early elections.

Following days of suspense and hints from Telangana CM Rao regarding dissolution of the assembly, the Telangana government recommended the dissolution of the Legislative Assembly on Thursday. The resolution to dissolve the House was made during the cabinet meeting headed by CM Rao held today. CM Rao has sent recommendation to dissolve the legislative assembly to Governor of Telangana ESL Narasimhan; who later accepted the recommendation. Hence, the state gets ready for early elections that will be pushed forward from mid-2019 to the end of this year – within few weeks.

The CM has called for a meeting of all 105 sitting MLAs of Telangana Assembly today evening as the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) announced early elections. Until the elections, Rao will remain the caretaker chief minister of the state to manage the administration until new House is formed. Furthermore, Rao has big election plans to kick-start as he will formally launch the party’s election campaign with a public meeting at Husnabad in Siddipet district. This will be TRS’ first of the 100 meetings planned in next 50 days for election campaigning.

Talking about the election plans and possible alliances, BJP spokesperson indicated that the early elections are likely to be a triangular contest as BJP is unlikely to join hands with TRS. However, the spokesperson also admitted that since TRS was never ideologically against BJP, there is a possibility that it could tie-up with “any party which is dominant in the Centre” after the elections.