What is the reason behind growing proximity between Kejriwal and KCR?
Political corridors are abuzz with the question why is there rising closeness between Delhi’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Telangana’s Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS). And there are reasons to substantiate this. Whether it is a rally in Khammam or preparations to encircle the government in Parliament, AAP and BRS are seen standing together. Prominent leaders of both the parties, CM Arvind Kejriwal and CM K Chandrasekhar Rao were also seen discussing and meeting several times. It is being said that the political relations between the two parties have strengthened in the last few months. Now, along with this, the discussion about the Delhi Excise scam has also intensified.
On Wednesday itself, CBI arrested BRS MLC and former chartered accountant of CM KCR’s daughter Kavita. The central investigation agency has taken this action in the Delhi Excise case. The special thing is that in this case, the name of senior AAP leader and Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia has also come to the fore.
In the rally held in Khammam last month, Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann in the AAP government of Punjab, had also reached along with Kejriwal. At the same time, KCR had come to see Delhi government schools in May last year. Now, a few days ago, the names of AAP and BRS were also included in the parties that raised the demand for discussion on the matter related to Adani Group in the Parliament. Apart from this, the opinion of both the parties remained the same on the President’s address.
There can be many reasons for the growing closeness between the two parties. It is being said that AAP leaders have also selected Telangana for expansion. The party can be seen staking a claim here in the assembly elections. AAP has acquired the status of a national party after the recently concluded Gujarat assembly elections.
According to the Indian Express report, some senior leaders of AAP cite political necessity and interest as the reason for the growing rapprochement between the two parties. A senior leader said, “AAP has been saying for the past few years that someone has to stand against the BJP and its elected governments’ strategy of stalling work. However, many people did not understand it then, because it was you who was facing the heat then. Over the years, others also realised that the federal structure of the country was under attack and non-BJP governments were the target.”
It is noteworthy that AAP’s Telangana in-charge Somnath Bharti is calling the alleged nexus between AAP and BRS leaders in the Delhi Excise scam as ‘false’. Furthermore, recently, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) alleged that AAP’s communication in-charge Vijay Nair had received Rs 100 crore from the ‘South Group’. The ‘South Group’ reportedly includes YSRCP MPs Magunth Srinivasulu Reddy, Raghava Magunth, Sharad Reddy and Kavitha. However, Kavita has been denying the allegations. When the group applied for a license under the Delhi Excise Policy, talks reportedly escalated between AAP and BRS leaders.
On AAP contesting in Telangana polls, Bharti said, “It is too early to think about it at the moment.” On the other hand, on the strengthening of relations between the two parties, BRS MP Nama Nageswara Rao said that the party will work with like-minded parties on issues related to the state. According to the report, he said, ‘AAP is also facing problems like Telangana, where the Center is not cooperating in many cases like not giving funds. The issues raised by both the parties are similar.
Posted By- Uday India
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