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Eye on the southern states, BJP shifts its focus to GHMC polls | India News


NEW DELHI: With a view to the southern states improving their tally for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, to go beyond the traditional strongholds in the Hindi-speaking states in the north, BJP has changed the Municipal Corporation elections of the Greater Hyderabad (GHMC), in a high-voltage political spectacle in Telangana, sending the best of the party to campaign for the civic elections scheduled for December 1.
If Interior Minister Amit Shah has a road show scheduled this week, Uttar Pradesh Prime Minister Yogi Adityanath, one of the party’s top star activists, will be there to take on the ruling Prime Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, led by Telangana Rashtriya Samithi (TRS). – who was until a few months ago an “unofficial ally” of the BJP in Parliament outside the fold of the NDA. It was only during the agricultural bills passed by the Center in the last session of Parliament, that the TRS opposed the ruling NDA in Parliament, apart from the earlier contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill.
The saffron-clad UP prime minister who has emerged as BJP’s latest Hindutva icon and the deputy from South Bengaluru and BJP youth wing chief Tejaswi Surya are Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM party’s counterattack , a major player in his stronghold, to polarize voters in the significant GHMC area. It spans five parliamentary electoral districts.
A battery of Union ministers, including Prakash Javadekar, Smriti Irani, have been deployed to campaign in Hyderabad. The head of the BJP, JP Nadda, and the former Prime Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis, are among the top leaders who will be in Telangana to ensure that the party’s footprints are registered in the state where the BJP so far has very little presence.
It is normal that the TRS, which is in its second term in office, faces some anti-incumbency, but that the opposition Congress has been almost decimated in the state and that the TDP of Chandrababu Naidu or the YSRCP Jaganmohan Reddy’s have little presence in the state after the fork of Andhra Pradesh. in 2014, it created a political vacuum for the opposition space.
BJP hopes to become the alternative force against TRS and secure its presence forever. “The BJP campaign therefore focuses on the shortcomings of KCR governance and compares it to the development agenda of the Narendra Modi government and tells voters that the BJP is entering Hyderabad to stay.” according to a local BJP leader.
The BJP’s performance in civic polls will be an indicator of the party’s future in the state, but in the meantime, the polarized and high-pitched campaign has already drawn national attention, making it clear that the saffron party will do its best to venture. in new pastures

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