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KCR sounds poll bugle, asks voters to dump national parties.

IANS Hyderabad Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Sunday sounded the poll bugle, appealing to the people of the state not to become slaves of national parties and urged them to emulate Tamil Nadu for their self-respect. The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief gave the call at a massive public meeting held here amid talks of early polls to the state Assembly which completes its term in May 2019. TRS has hinted that it may go for early polls to delink them from the Lok Sabha elections. Promising to take Telangana forward on the path of development, Rao sought continued support of the people so that the TRS can take various works launched by it to their logical conclusion. "You have to decide whether decisions relating to Telangana should be taken by us here or should we become slaves of Delhi parties,"he said in an obvious reference to the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Hinting that the TRS will contest the coming polls on the plank of self-respect, he advised Telangana people to emulate Tamil Nadu, which has its own parties and where people never allow Delhi parties to take their decisions. Lakhs of people were mobilized from across the state for the meeting christened"Pragathi Nivedana'(Progress report). TRS leaders claimed that 25 lakh people attended the meeting held at Kongara Kalan on the city outskirts. KCR, as Rao is popularly known, made no announcement about dissolution of the Assembly to go for early polls. He said the ministers and party leaders have authorized him to take a decision which is in the best interest of Telangana. "In the coming days you will hear that decision."

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Date:Sep 3, 2018
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