KCR’s surprise loss.

Why KCR lost Telangana, and what it means for state parties

The verdict puts regional parties on notice

Prashun Bhaumik | Hyderabad | 4 December, 2023 | 06:10 PM

Almost everyone in Hyderabad I spoke to when I reported from Telangana had a tale about just how wealthy the ruling Bharat Rashtra Samithi was. The party had made money from soaring land rates in Hyderabad as well as kickbacks from public works contracts awarded to private players, political watchers claimed. One Congress leader even alleged that Bharat Rashtra Samithi was funding other parties in places such as Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka. This was one reason why it was difficult to write off the Bharat Rashtra Samithi, in spite of visible anger against the government. The party could pull in at least some votes by paying for them as well as its solid party machinery – both of which the Congress lacked.