K.Chandrashekar Rao’s talk of a ‘new party’ is actually aimed at dispelling rumours that he is a secret ally of Modi’s

Bad politicians think of only themselves. Better ones think of politics. The best of them think of ideas and Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao (KCR) can never be accused of running short of ideas. The mind of the 65-year-old leader from the Velama caste is like a hectic laboratory that creates an alchemy of ideas faster than the less intellectual politicians around him can assimilate.

Some of KCR’s ideas are indeed of the neighbour’s envy owner’s pride variety. His Raitha Bandhu scheme of doling out cash to farmers, for instance, was such a fabulous gem of creative appeasement that Narendra Modi plagiarised it without as much as a blink of an eye, calling it the PM-Kisan programme.

But some of KCR’s ideas fall flat even before he fully pronounces them in his rustic Telugu with Telangana accent. His idea of forming a national party, if necessary, is one such idea. It’s not clear whether he was amusing himself by thinking aloud while kicking off his election campaign from Karimnagar on Sunday or he was really serious about it.

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