When TDP President Chandrababu Naidu was arrested on September 9th, none of the leaders in BRS expected the public outcry that ensued in various parts of Telangana. BRS leader KTR’s tweet about CBN’s arrest, whether intentionally or unintentionally, had a negative impact on the party’s political standing.
Leaders from both BJP and Congress condemned the arrest of CBN, with Congress alleging that BJP and BRS were behind it. The first wave of agitation began at the WIPRO circle, with a few IT employees in Telangana, followed by a massive rally in KPHB.
Anticipating the rising public sentiment, the BRS government did not grant permissions for further protests against CBN’s illegal detention.However, BRS did not expect that the agitation would spread to several parts of the state, including Sattupalli, Kodad, Nizamabad, Khammam, and LB Nagar.
This compelled BRS to become a part of the protest against CBN’s arrest. LB Nagar’s Sudheer Reddy became the first MLA to participate in a rally supporting CBN. Serilingampally MLA Gandhi conducted a prayer ceremony for CBN’s release at a temple.
Assembly Speaker Pocharam Srinivas Reddy openly criticized CBN’s arrest during a public meeting. Motkupalli Narasimhulu took it a step further by calling on KCR to respond to CBN’s unlawful detention.
On the other hand, the BRS party has been using CBN’s previous statements on power and linking them to PCC President Revanth Reddy. BRS is exploiting Revanth’s statement about providing 24/7 power supply to the agriculture sector for its political gains.
They are associating it with CBN’s stance on agriculture to reveal Revanth Reddy as a staunch follower of CBN. Even though the impact of TDP is not significant in Telangana elections, BRS is attempting to use TDP President CBN in various ways before the elections. They aim to retain TDP sympathizers and settlers’ votes while also exposing Revanth Reddy’s association with CBN.