Harish Rao will be joining Congress party soon with 40 MLAs. Harish Rao would join BJP as the BJP assured him the CM seat if he brings BJP in to power. These are the news being spread by some Andhra based news channels since the last one year but the actual moment of he shifting to other party had not yet arrived but it is likely to happen very soon. At multiple instances both Harish Rao and the KCR family have clearly indicated that Harish rao would only stick with TRS. Though nothing is permanent in politics and there is a huge scope for Harish Rao to become No.1 if he moves to other party as he has all the caliber to run the political show and he proved by being trouble shooter in various issues of the TRS party and also never to forget he holds the record of winning the elections with highest majority multiple times.
The rise of the above speculation again is because of the following recent incidents :
KTR was made Party working president but Harish Rao is more popular and senior than KTR
Harish Rao was not seen with KCR during the last two visits of KCR to the Irrigation projects. It should be noted that Harish Rao was the irrigation minister who handled all these projects for 4.5 years.
Harish Rao is not seen in the news channels for couple of weeks due to his Singapore vacation trip.
The crucial step of appointing KTR as working president of TRS party by his father KCR had obviously hurt the fans and followers of Harish Rao who is much more senior in the party and more influential and useful too. Harish Rao has huge support among the masses and his constituency has won many national awards for performing well in various categories like Swatch bharat , Solar power schemes etc.. Siddipet town in his constituency has completely changed under his regime and as a result he won the recent elections with the majority of more than one lakh and this would be a record for long time now as there is no leader with this charisma in Telangana state today.
However there is no way Harish Rao would join Congress party or any other party atleast for couple of years. The TRS party cannot afford to lose Harish Rao at any cost as Harish Rao can easily pluck away 20 MLAs with him and also his vast experience and public appeal would get him top slot in any other party and this would hamper the chances of TRS party very badly.
Harish Rao Prefers BJP over Congress
There is speculation of Political analysts that if the situation arises and Harish has to move then opting BJP would be better than joining Congress party. The following are being pointed by various analysts for Harish to join BJP than congress :
Congress party is filled with More than 10 CM aspirants from Reddy Community and they would not easily allow Harish Rao to become CM
BJP doesn’t have any CM potential Candidate as of now and BJP is badly looking for a candidate of Harish Rao stature to gain momentum in the state of Telangana.
Harish Rao ideology of hard working and trouble shooting skills do not work in Congress party as the high command at Delhi is whole and Soul for the party in taking any decisions and Harish would be highly disappointed .
BJP on other hand is not known much to involve in the state politics when there is a potential leader. Shivraj singh Chouhan, Narendra modi etc are the few examples who after winning their second term had complete domination over the state matters and they could successfully win their third terms and their charisma and hard work is still fetching huge number of seats in both the states.
Whereas in Congress ruling states the CM candidates are not given full control and the high command is known to support two groups to check mate the popularity of the CM candidate. Currently only the Punjab Chiefminister Capt Amarinder singh is the Congress politician who some what has whole control over his state politics.
YS Raja reddy was probably the only last Congress chief minister in the country who had full control over the state but even that too didnt last longer as he had to face death unnaturally.
Therefore, Harish rao might show interest in Joining BJP which has huge vote bank but due to the lack of leadership even the BJP party activists are not voting for the party fearing the vote split which can lead to the victory of Congress. This has favored KCR a lot as most of the BJP followers have voted for KCR as they didnt want Congress to win the elections.