K T Rama Rao of the Telangana Rasta Samithi started his succession in a smooth way. He is likely to succeed his father in both politics and government in the next couple of years. His first step was to take over the party as its working president. TRS supremo Chandrasekhar Rao had nominated his son as the party working president. He would now call the shots and have his command over the party, while his father can have some leisure.
It may not be too far for KTR to take over the government too from his father. This might happen in this term, which will conclude in 2024, when the State goes for the next round of elections. He is getting strong support from the TRS leaders for his succession. Senior leader Harish Rao had offered to support KTR in the party affairs. This was a welcome move in the TRS, where a possible revolt by Harish Rao was predicted by the media. Harish Rao’s silent acceptance gives an advantage to KTR to make his next move.
As the TRS goes through the Kalvakuntla family’s succession, political observers are looking at the Nara family in Telugu Desam Party in Andhra Pradesh for a similar succession. Chandrababu Naidu had side-lined the Nandamuri family in the party politics and had promoted his son Nara Lokesh to play number two in the party.
Chandrababu Naidu had brought his son to the State Cabinet from the Legislative Council and he is holding key portfolios of Information Technology, Panchayat Raj and Rural Development. It is almost two years that Lokesh is a Minister in the State government and second in command both in the government and the party. There is talk that Lokesh would succeed his father, whether accepted by the party and people or not.
When the succession in Telangana ruling party begins in a smooth process, questions are raised on the similar succession in Andhra Pradesh TDP. Political observers say that Chandrababu Naidu would begin the succession process for his son only after the 2019 elections.