The verdict gave Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao the ammunition to launch the ambitious BRS scheme. Hyderabad News

HYDERABAD: Buoyed by the success of the bypolls, TRS chief K Chandrashekhar Rao may go on a national offensive against the BJP and may even consider campaigning against the saffron party in the December Gujarat elections. Though the TRS chief has formally launched the Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) a month ago, there has been no major activity other than filing a petition to the Election Commission of India for a change in the party’s name. The TRS chief, keeping his cards close to his chest, has not even hinted at his plan as to how he wants to go ahead with the national party so far. He had earlier said that the party would contest the 2024 Lok Sabha elections in neighboring Maharashtra and Karnataka and form some wings, including the farmers’ wing of the BRS. TRS working president KTR had said in a meeting that the main focus of the party would be on the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. TRS leaders claim that the victory of the bypolls will definitely boost the morale of the TRS cadre and will go ahead with the plan to go to the national level. TRS working president KT Rama Rao had openly declared that Munugode’s result would be a stepping stone for the BRS, while some leaders claimed that it would be a turning point for the pink party. “The first thing is the name change, BRS. The TRS changed the name of its party to BRS, represented in the Election Commission on 6 October. But there has been no communication from the Election Commission on BRS. A senior TRS leader said, if need be, the party will approach the court to get it done. KCR focused on the Munugode bypoll as it caught the nation’s attention due to the high stakes for both the TRS and the BJP. For this reason, KCR postponed his tour due to poaching of MLAs and BRS expansion plans. Party leaders admit that if the TRS had lost, it would have been a matter of great embarrassment, especially for its national party’s plans. “KCR gave a befitting reply to the BJP in the bypolls and proved how his leadership is needed for the state. It also established that only KCR can take on the BJP. The fight needs to be expanded with BRS to other states,” said R&B minister Vemula Prashant Reddy. Party sources said that KCR may soon visit other states and expose the conspiracy to poach MLAs and appoint various morchas like the farmers’ wing of the BRS in other states, especially Maharashtra.