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Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Thursday recommended dissolving the state assembly, nine months before its term ends.

Telangana’s K Chandrasekhar Rao government raced on Thursday to get the state assembly dissolved on Thursday, nine months short of its five-year term in an effort to advance state elections.

The formal meeting of the K Chandrasekhar Rao cabinet that recommended dissolution of the assembly lasted just 15 minutes on Thursday but the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) led by Rao, also called KCR by his supporters, had been discussing early elections for months.

Soon after, the chief minister headed straight to Raj Bhavan to hand over the cabinet’s one-line resolution to Governor ESL Narasimhan who promptly accepted the recommendation. Narasimhan has asked KCR to continue as caretaker chief minister for now.

From there, he went to Telangana Martyrs Memorial at Gun Park in front of the state assembly to pay tributes to the martyrs who laid down their lives in their struggle for separate Telangana state.

At a press conference to explain the decision to the people, KCR also announced a list of 105 candidates for the assembly elections.

On Friday, KCR will hold public meeting at Husnabad in Siddipet district from where he had launched his election campaign for the 2014 elections. His party has called the event “Praja Deevena Sabha” (Meeting to seek blessings of the people), which is seen as an attempt to kick-start his campaign for a fresh mandate.

“In 2014, too, KCR began his election campaign from Husnabad. Now, he is going to sound the poll bugle from this place again. He is going to address as many as 100 public meetings in a span of 50 days,” T Harish Rao, KCR’s nephew and irrigation minister in the outgoing cabinet said.

KCR’s party had ended up with a clear majority in 2014, the first election held in the state that had been carved out of Andhra Pradesh after a movement led by KCR.

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