HYDERABAD: The ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) in Telangana has been transformed into Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) on Friday. TRS president and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao filed the related papers today at a muhurta at 1.20 pm and unfurled the new flag. The pink colour and car symbol of TRS remained intact in the flag of BRS. But, the Telangana map was replaced with the Indian map.
The TRS informed the Election Commission of India (ECI) on October 5, 2022, that the name of the TRS will be changed to BRS. The EC gave its nod on Thursday.
As Chandrasekhar Rao was planning to foray into national politics to take on the BJP, he dropped the 'Telangana' in the party name and replaced the same with 'Bharat". With the official launch of BRS today, Rao may tour across the country now. It was on April 27, 2022, during the TRS' plenary, Rao dropped enough hints that he would launch a national party.
The immediate task before the BRS is to fight in the Karnataka Assembly elections. BRS may forge an electoral alliance with the Janata Dal (Secular). The BRS will help the JD(S) in Assembly segments in Karnataka, where Telugu-speaking people are numerically strong.
The presence of Telugus was high in Bellary and also in districts like Kalaburagi, Raichur and other areas in the erstwhile Hyderabad State. The aim of Rao in the Karnataka Assembly elections is to defeat the BJP and see that the JD(S) is formed in the next government. The BRS may also focus its energies on neighbouring Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh.
Former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda and former Chief Minister of Karnataka HD Kumaraswamy and actor Prakash Raj attended the inaugural function of BRS at Telangana Bhavan, the headquarters of BRS, and congratulated Rao.