TS CM KCR had a 30-minute one-on-one meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, there has been a marked change in his attitude that borders on ‘softness’ towards the NDA government at the Centre.The way he defended the demonetisation scheme in the State Legislature left even the BJP members speechless.Not one to miss out on a rare political ‘opportunity’, the BJP too has suddenly adopted a soft line vis-à-vis towards the KCR-led TRS government.
It has been virtually appreciating every move of the government in the State Assembly much to the dismay of MIM, which is perceived as an ally of the TRS.
In fact, the discomfort within the MIM was on show when its floor leader Akbaruddin Owaisi, wondered how KCR was inclining towards, when they were supporting TRS. Speculations were rife that TRS is inching closer to the BJP.
However, the TRS leadership has strongly denied such overtones. Insiders insist that the change of heart is not without a reason. Having completed half its term, the ruling party needs to perform on the ground in order to return to power. Towards achieving this, some kind of handholding by the Centre was paramount, particularly because of economic compulsions.
Following demonetisation, there has been steep fall in the state’s revenue collections, more so in real estate and excise sectors.Added to it there has been reduction in releases from the Centre towards tax devolution. This has put additional burden on the exchequer which is finding it difficult to implement the social sector programmes.