KT Rama Rao falls during rally; video captures BRS leader's mishap
As Telangana gears up for the polls on November 30
In a surprising turn of events, KT Rama Rao, Telangana minister and Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) leader, experienced a literal fall from grace during an election rally in Armoor, Nizamabad district. A video capturing the incident has circulated widely, showing Rao and others tumbling forward from a campaign vehicle as the railing collapsed. Fortunately, the vehicle came to an immediate halt, preventing any serious injuries.
This incident occurred on the same day Rao filed his nomination papers for the upcoming assembly election, where he aims to represent the Sircilla constituency. Having previously secured victory in 2009, 2010, 2014, and 2018, Rao is a seasoned political figure in the region.
Despite this unfortunate incident, the BRS leader proceeded with his Armoor road show, displaying resilience in the face of adversity. In a show of confidence, he reiterated the party's commitment to winning more seats than in previous elections, expressing the ambitious goal of crossing 88 seats to form a government in Telangana.
Addressing the issue of defections within the party, Rao dismissed them as inconsequential, stating, "The BJP has lost the plot. Our car is full. If one or two people leave us and go, you think that it's big news. Leaders can change, but we have to see if the voter is changing."
Furthermore, he outlined the party's strategy by categorizing voters into three groups: A, B, and C. Category A represents assured supporters, B signifies neutral voters, and C encompasses those likely to vote against the party. Rao expressed confidence in overcoming any anti-incumbency sentiment, emphasizing the party's slogan for the upcoming elections: "We have worked well; we will come back."
In a strategic move, Rao acknowledged the significance of the 18 to 35 age group, constituting around 40% of the state's population. He highlighted their role as change-makers and influencers, stating, "They're the ones who typically have the existential angst. They're the ones who lead things."
Rao's Humpty Dumpty moment serves as a testament to the unpredictable nature of political campaigns. The incident, though unfortunate, has not deterred the BRS leader from pursuing his political ambitions, and only time will tell how this episode influences the upcoming elections.