The party changed its name from Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) to Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) on October 5, 2022, aiming to enter national politics ahead of the next Indian general election. Both BRS leaders and cadre chanted slogans like ‘Desh Ki Neta’ whenever KCR attended public meetings.
Expressing the intention to create the post of Deputy Prime Minister if necessary, KCR asserted the party’s commitment to engaging in equal politics on the Delhi platform. He emphasized waving the BRS flag across the country, repeatedly voicing these aspirations before the assembly elections. Consequently, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) underwent a transformation into Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS).
However, post the name change, everything seemed futile for BRS. TRS holds significant sentiment among the people of Telangana, and party leaders themselves feel that the decline began when the party’s name changed to BRS. This shift had a substantial impact on the assembly election, marking a significant setback.
Parliament, which has been strengthening the party consistently, now appears to be KCR’s priority. He expressed with great affection the need to focus on winning assembly elections in Telangana before venturing into national politics.
Reliable sources indicate that KCR has decided to concentrate on Telangana and consider other states only after securing victory here. Initially focusing on Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra after Telangana, the scenario changed drastically following the assembly election results. Thota Chandrasekhar was announced as the president of AP, but key leaders left the BRS one after another, leaving the party almost empty.
Concerning Maharashtra, KCR will reportedly meet after the elections, and there is no appointment available for the Maharashtra cadre. Vamsidhar’s repeated phone calls from local leaders went unanswered.
Furthermore, BRS is seemingly distant from participating in the upcoming general elections in AP and Maharashtra. In these states, BRS has remained silent, with leaders deciding to stay away from the electoral fray. Reports suggest that BRS leaders believe it is better to remain silent than point unnecessary fingers in states where they lack strength and cadre.c