After the success of its first public meeting in Khammam recently, the Bharat Rashtra Samithi is all set to hold its second meeting in Nanded in Maharashtra, the first meeting of the party outside Telangana on February 5, BRS sources said today.
Telangana Minister for Endowments Indrakaran Reddy and some senior leaders of the party recently visited the neighbouring state to oversee the arrangements including crowd mobilisation plans.
"This is the first meeting of BRS outside Telangana. KCR (Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao) will address the gathering. Some of the important leaders of the Nanded region are expected to join the party," the party sources told PTI.
Mr Rao is likely to visit a famous gurudwara in Nanded and offer prayers before the meeting, they further said. Nanded was chosen as the district has a sizeable population of Telugu-speaking people due to its proximity to Telangana.
KCR, as Mr Rao is also known as, had earlier told media persons that several villages in the neighbouring state want to merge with Telangana attracted by the welfare and developmental schemes being implemented by his government.
Asserting that the BRS' slogan in the run-up to 2024 general elections would be 'Ab ki baar kisan sarkar' (This time, a government for farmers), KCR recently said Maharashtra continues to witness the highest number of farmers' suicides despite being one of the richest states.
According to political analysts, the focus of Rao's speech would be around farmers' issues in the Nanded meeting.
BRS will also be holding a public meeting at the Parade Ground in Secunderabad and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin, his Jharkhand counterpart Hemant Soren, Bihar Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav, JD(U) National President Lalan Singh as representative of Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and Dr B R Ambedkar's grandson Prakash Ambedkar among other dignitaries would attend it, Telangana Roads and Buildings Minister Vemula Prashant Reddy had said in a release last week.
Before the public meeting, the leaders would also be attending the inaugural ceremony of the new secretariat complex of Telangana here on that day.
The building named after B R Ambedkar will be inaugurated by KCR between 11.30 am and 12.30 pm on February 17, an auspicious time suggested by Vedic pundits, Reddy said.
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