The Bharatiya Rashtra Samithi (BRS) seems to have lost its steam after losing the Telangana Assembly Elections. By now, it should have gained momentum and launched its Lok Sabha campaign, but it lags far behind the BJP and Congress in terms of campaigning.

There are many factors affecting BRS ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. First of all, the party is not in the government. So, there are chances of people inclining towards the state-ruling Congress or the central-ruling BRS. To overcome this hurdle, BRS must engage with the public, yet this remains elusive.

Meanwhile, the BJP kickstarted its campaigning by flagging off the ‘Vijaya Sankalp Yatra’ the other day. On the other side, CM Revanth Reddy and Deputy CM Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka went to Delhi yesterday to finalize a few candidates for the elections. Coming to BRS, there is no update about its progress regarding the upcoming elections and there is no clarity regarding the candidates too.

For the last few days, it has been rumoured that BRS is planning to ally with the BJP. However, BJP leaders Kishan Reddy and Bandi Sanjay strongly condemned these rumours. But BRS leaders remained to be silent on these reports.

Recent pre-poll surveys suggest that BRS may see a decline in Lok Sabha seats, possibly dropping to 4-5 from the nine secured in the 2019 Elections.

Moreover, several prominent BRS leaders have shifted to the Congress recently, weakening the party in certain constituencies. So far, BRS has failed to address this issue.

On top of everything, BRS Chief K. Chandrashekar Rao is staying away from active politics. Since the declaration of assembly election results, KCR has made only one public appearance. He also didn’t attend the Assembly sessions. His absence is creating a disconnect with the public. It is high time for him to realise the fact and get on the ground soon.

It has to be seen how BRS overcomes all these issues and proves its mettle in the elections.