Rama Krishna Sangem
Former CM and BRS supremo K Chandrasekhar Rao is discharged from Yashoda Hospital, Raj Bhavan Road, Hyderabad on December 15, Friday. He returned to his Nandi Nagar residence in Banjara Hills in the city. KCR was admitted to the hospital following a fall in bathroom at his Errabelli farmhouse, 45 km, from Hyderabad on December 7 morning. He suffered hip fracture.
KCR was performed hip replacement surgery by a team of doctors at Yashoda. His personal doctor Dr MV Rao and others oversaw this treatment. KCR’s son KTR, daughter Kavitha and all the legislators, other leaders and a large number of party cadre were with him all these days at the hospital. KCR is advised six to eight weeks rest, till he gets back to normal daily schedule.
Chief Minister Revanth Reddy, almost all his cabinet colleagues, former CM Chandrababu Naidu and hundreds of others called on KCR at Yashoda. PM Modi along with scores of leaders across the country too sent him get well soon messages and wished his recovery. Many Tollywood celebrities and general fans too visited him at the hospital. KCR had to make an appeal to the crowds not to come to the hospital for the sake of convenience of other patients.
New political challenges before KCR
KCR now faces new political challenges, after his hip replacement surgery. It will take at least a month or more for him to get back to regular routine. Still the former CM need to address some tasks before him like appointing deputy leaders of BRS in the assembly. As the leader of BRS legislature party, KCR now gets the Leader of Opposition (LoP) position with Cabinet rank.
He is to name two Deputy leaders in the assembly, out of his 38 MLAs. Whether party working president KTR will be one or them not is to be seen. If so, will another party strongman Harish too would be named as another deputy leader? That may not happen, as all the three posts – leader and two deputy leaders – would be from the same family. In that case, KCR will have to appoint two outsiders or at least one of them.
There are some probables for the deputy leader roles – Kadiam Srihari, Guntakandla Jagadeeshwar Reddy, Vemula Prashant Reddy, or Palla Rajeshwar Reddy, among others. Besides, KCR will also have to gear up the party machinery for the coming days, especially a review meeting on the assembly elections defeat. As KCR will not be in a position to take up extensive physical tours in the coming days, role of KTR will be significant.