Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao did little to ease the growing speculation that his state of Telangana could be seeing elections in advance of their previously anticipated date of occurence, saying only that a follow up meeting on the matter will decide whether elections will be held later this year, instead of in April or May of 2019. It has been speculated that the earlier elections will be the best for the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), currently in power, and very keen on a second term in the still nascent state.
If things do come to pass as rumored, the assembly could be dissolved before the 10th of September, 2018, which would be an interesting turn of events for the party, the state, and the upcoming national elections in 2019. True to form, both the BJP and Congress have been wooing the TRS, with the later making a more concerted effort after losing its foothold in the Andhra region after the breaking up of the former whole Andhra Pradesh State into Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
Addressing a rally on Sunday, Rao said that he was aware of the rumors that had been making their way into the media, but neither denied nor confirmed them. Leaving the state and political analysts on tenterhooks with what could be less than a week before a serious call is taken in this matter, the Chief Minister has said that he has received the sanction of his colleagues to go ahead with his decision to dissolve the assembly, but that this matter will only be decided after one last meeting to be held in the coming week.