People’s Support Eludes Congress in Telangana, Claims State BJP President
BJP state president, Bandi Sanjay Kumar, asserted on Thursday that the Congress party lacks popular support in Telangana, as evidenced by multiple election outcomes in recent years. Speaking at a public gathering in the Makthal assembly constituency as part of the BJP’s “Maha Sampark Abhiyan” (mass contact campaign), Kumar stated that pre-poll surveys indicate a victory for the BJP in the upcoming elections.
Kumar contended that Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is attempting to assist the Congress party in gaining ground, but he expressed doubt that the Congress would garner public support. Drawing a comparison, he likened the Congress to a “shopping mall” for Rao, where he can “purchase” MLAs, referencing the 12 Congress MLAs who had joined the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) party in 2019.
Highlighting recent electoral results, Kumar pointed out the significant losses suffered by the Congress in the by-polls of Dubbak and Huzurabad assembly segments, as well as the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections. He emphasized that while the Congress failed to even secure the deposit in the Munugode assembly by-poll, the BJP lost by a margin of only 10,000 votes, demonstrating that people viewed the BJP as a viable alternative to the TRS.
Kumar also mentioned the BJP’s success in the Member of Legislative Council (MLC) election from the Teachers’ constituency in Hyderabad. In response to AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi’s recent discussion of the TRS government’s commitment to constructing an “Islamic Centre” in Hyderabad, Kumar questioned whether the proposal should be accepted. He further inquired why development projects, such as flyovers, metro rail, and job opportunities, were not being realized in the old city of Hyderabad, which is represented in the Lok Sabha by Asaduddin Owaisi.
Known for his staunch Hindutva ideology, Kumar referenced the alleged provocative remarks made by AIMIM leader Akbaruddin Owaisi in the past, questioning whether such statements should be tolerated. Additionally, he criticized the TRS government for its mounting debt burden and its failure to fulfill promises, such as providing three acres of land to Dalits and others.
Overall, Kumar’s statements focused on the BJP’s perception of the Congress party’s lack of popularity in Telangana, highlighting recent election results and positioning the BJP as a viable alternative to the ruling TRS.