KCR inaugurates BRS central office in Delhi

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Wednesday inaugurated the central office of the Bharat Rashtra Samiti in Delhi


NEW DELHI: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao (KCR) on Wednesday inaugurated the central office of the Bharat Rashtra Samiti (BRS) here, setting in motion the national activities of his re-christened political outfit.

Accompanied by former chief ministers of Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka Akhilesh Yadav (Samajwadi Party) and Kumaraswamy (Janata Dal - Secular) and Gurnam Singh besides a host of leaders of farmers' unions, the BRS idealogue inaugurated the office at the auspicious time of 12:47 pm before formally assuming the chair of the party president. KCR also hoisted the party flag, which has striking resemblances to that of the TRS, on the premises. Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) Party President and MP Thirumavalavan also attended the inauguration event.

Earlier, KCR, along with his wife, Shobha Rao, took part in the 'purnahuti', a climactic ritual of the Raja Shyamala Homam that was performed on the office premises since Tuesday. The yagam or homam was performed to appease the Gods to ensure success for the BRS in all its future political endeavours.

The party has readied its temporary central office on the Sardar Patel Marg by taking the bungalow on lease from a Jodhpur royal family. Last year, the Telangana Chief Minister laid the foundation stone for a permanent, three-storey building for the BRS office at Vasant Vihar. The building, according to KCR, would be ready for full-scale operations in about four months.

Despite restrictions, the Sardar Patel Road wore a festive look with leaders and activists of the BRS thronging the party office since Tuesday. On Wednesday, a galaxy of Telangana Ministers, MPs, MLAs, MLCs and party district unit functionaries accorded a rousing reception to KCR when he arrived at the place. He was accompanied by Akhilesh Yadav, Kumaraswamy and other national leaders. The BRS boss was showered with rose petals all along by enthusiastic BRS workers, who raised slogans in his support.

KCR formally signalled the metamorphosis of the BRS from its erstwhile avatar of the TRS on December 9, a day after receiving the official approval from the Election Commission of India (ECI) for the change of the party's name. At the first general body meeting of the BRS on that occasion, he announced that he would inaugurate their central office in Delhi on December 14 to signal the beginning of their activities at the national level.

The Telangana Chief Minister, who spearheaded a long movement for the creation of a separate Telangana, is betting big on the BRS to provide a potent political alternative to the country. He also intends to replicate his successful model of development and growth in Telangana all across the country.

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