Who is the senior most in BRS - KTR or Errabelli?

Tue Mar 14 2023 11:54:05 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)

Innocuous looking statement by senior minister Errabelli Dayakar Rao has stirred up a hornet's nest in the BRS. Addressing an alumni meet in the school where he studied in Warangal district, Errabelli said that he was the senior most politician in Telangana after Chief Minister KCR. He told the audience that he too had a 30-year-long uninterrupted stint as a legislator.

This comment, though innocuous, led to animated talk among the TRS circles. The debate is about what is his position in the party these days and whether he is truly the No 2 in the party. Also, this has raised questions about what is the position of KTR, who is currently the working president of the BRS.

Till now the general understanding is that former PCC chief and Rajya Sabha MP KK is the senior most politician in general and that KTR is the No 2 in the party hierarchy. However, the comments by Dayakar Rao have stirred up a debate about whether he had said it accidentally or intentionally.  Several TRS leaders are discussing the comments in hushed tones.

Interestingly, Errabelli joined the BRS only in 2016. Till then, he was in the TDP.  Since he joined the party only in 2016, how can he be considered the senior in the BRS, query several leaders. At the same time, many are wondering what about KTR, who is the working president of the party? Thus, Errabelli's statement has kicked up a storm within the BRS.