In politics, one often plays a safe gamble. Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) thought he was doing just that when he recommended the dissolution of the Telangana Assembly before its completion of term next year.
One of the reasons was that KCR wanted to pre-empt any move by the opposition to create a combined front. At least in that mission, he has already failed.
Congress, Telugu Desam Party, Telangana Jana Samithi and the Communist Party of India have managed to come together to form a Mahakutumi (grand alliance) and their shared strength will now pose a serious challenge.
Combined with growing discontent amongst the youth and lack of economic opportunities in the young state, Rao might now be mulling whether he made the right move. And whether his pitch for a non-BJP, non-Congress front will pay off.
While he is putting all his political acumen and muscle at play, he is also busy appeasing the gods. Just recently he performed a grand two-day religious ritual, Rajyashyamala Chandi Homam, at his farmhouse at Eravalli. Now, does that betray a tinge of nervousness?