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Sooner, not later: on Telangana Assembly polls


As a regional party, the TRS sees the benefit in uncoupling Assembly and Lok Sabha elections
What’s good for a national political party may be bad for a regional(क्षेत्रीय ) player. Holding simultaneous(एक साथ/समक्षणिक )elections to the Lok Sabha and State Assembly may have larger benefits, but there is a perception(अनुभूति/अनुभव) that it could disadvantage(नुकसान/हानि) regional parties. One of the reasons why Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao is seriously considering(ध्यान में रखते हुए) an early election to the Assembly is to avoid having to fight the national parties in a Lok Sabha election at the same time as the Assembly election. His party, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi, cannot be part of a nationwide Congress-led alliance(गठबंधन) as the Congress is its main rival in Telangana. While it maintains(बनाये रखना/संभालना) a good relationship(संबंध/नाता) with the Centre, the TRS sees little profit to be had from being a pre-poll partner of the National Democratic(लोकतांत्रिक) Alliance led by the Bharatiya Janata Party. Under these circumstances(परिस्थितियों /अवस्था), the party does not have a national platform from which it could campaign(अभियान/मुहिम) meaningfully in the parliamentary election. Mr. Rao’s attempts(प्रयास/चेष्टा) to stitch together a so-called federal front with the Trinamool Congress and other regional parties were a non-starter. The Trinamool leader and West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee, warmed(तापना/सेंकना/गरम करना) to the idea of a grouping of regional parties, but didn’t share his view on keeping the Congress out of an anti-BJP alliance. For many of the other regional parties, the BJP, and not the Congress, is the principal(मुख्य ) threat(खतरा).

Mr. Rao knows that while he seeks a second term as Chief Minister in an Assembly election, he will be without a campaign plank(सहारा/चुकाना) in a Lok Sabha election. At the TRS public rally held after a meeting of the Cabinet on an early election, the running theme of the Telangana Chief Minister was an exhortation(प्रोत्साहन/उपदेश) to his supporters not to be slaves of the “Delhi parties”. Regionalism assumed the form of an ideology(विचारधारा) itself. Of course, even if herecommends(सिफ़ारिश करना/सलाह देना) the dissolution(विघटन/तोड़ना) of the Assembly, there is no guarantee that the Election Commission will oblige him and hold the polls along with those of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Mizoram by the end of the year. But Mr. Rao is planning to make a clutch of populist (लोकप्रिय )announcements(घोषणाएं) and hold a series of public meetings in the weeks ahead to grab the people’s attention. With the BJP ruling out an early election to the Lok Sabha, Mr. Rao certainly(निश्चित रूप से/निस्संदेह) has his reasons to want to face the voters sooner rather than later. But the people of Telangana are going to judge him by what he did in the last four years, and not by what he intends(प्रयोजन रखना/चाहता है) to do in the next few weeks. It is not enough to cozy up to the Centre to beat off the challenge from a rejuvenated(पुनर्जीवित /फिर से युवा करना) Congress. In retrospect(बीती बातों की जांच,), timing may be a small matter.



Important Vocabulary

1.simultaneous(एक साथ/समक्षणिक )
Synonyms: concurrent, accompanying, agreeing, at the same time, coetaneous
Antonyms: asynchronous, different, divided, following, preceding

2. Exhortation(प्रोत्साहन/उपदेश)
Synonyms: admonition, encouragement, entreaty, sermon, advice

3.Intends(प्रयोजन रखना/चाहता है) 
Synonyms: aim, contemplate, design, designate, destine
Antonyms: disbelieve, disregard, forget, ignore, neglect

4. Certainly(निश्चित रूप से/निस्संदेह) 
Synonyms: absolutely, assuredly, exactly, surely, cert
Antonyms: doubtfully, questionably, dubiously, equivocally

5.Intends(प्रयोजन रखना/चाहता है)
Synonyms: aim, contemplate, design, designate, destine
Antonyms: disbelieve, disregard, forget, ignore, neglect

6.Retrospect(बीती बातों की जांच,)
Synonyms: hindsight, recollection, reconsideration, reexamination, remembering
Antonyms: forethought, prophesy, prospect

7.Rejuvenated(पुनर्जीवित /फिर से युवा करना) 
Synonyms: modernize, reconstruct, refresh, regenerate, reinvigorate
Antonyms: damage, destroy, kill, ruin, lose

8.Circumstances(परिस्थितियों /अवस्था)
Synonyms: assets, capital, chances, class, command
Antonyms: debt, poorness, poverty

9.Warmed(तापना/सेंकना/गरम करना)
Synonyms: balmy, heated, hot, lukewarm, mild
Antonyms: calm, cold, cool, cooled, freezing



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