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BJP’s national executive meeting is being held in Hyderabad on July 2-3. The BJP has carefully planned the executive meeting in Hyderabad to create an atmosphere in the state ahead of the next year’s assembly elections. The biggest electoral weapon of the BJP has been the ‘Hindu Card’. The way the leaders of the state are attacking Owaisi, it can be understood that she is going to use the same card here to reach the power of this state. But will the BJP’s Hindutva card be successful here? How much challenge can KCR give him on this front?
what is the Muslim population
The majority Hindu community in the state is close to 85 percent of the population, while the Muslim population is about 12.7%. Despite the small population of Muslims, they are very important in politics here. In Hyderabad alone, Muslims constitute 43 per cent of the population, which is Asaduddin Owaisi’s big political deposit. Owaisi has been consistently winning important seats here on the strength of this population. Apart from Hyderabad, Muslim population is 33.72 per cent in Mehboob Nagar, 38 per cent in Nizamabad, 19.25 per cent in Nalgonda, 16 per cent in Khammam and 26 per cent in tribal area of Warangal. About 21 per cent of the Muslim population in Karimnagar plays an important role in deciding the victory.
previous election results
In the last assembly election of the year 2018, K. The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), the party of Chandrashekhar Rao i.e. KCR, had won 88 seats alone in the 119-seat house. Owaisi’s party AIMIM had got success in seven seats. Other parties including Congress and Telugu Desam Party together could get only 21 seats. The BJP had won five seats in the previous elections, but was reduced to just one seat in this election. It was said to be the end of Hindutva politics in the state.
Telangana Press Club president Balaswamy told Amar Ujala that since this was the first election in the state that was formed in 2014, and KCR had emerged as its big face, the public had given him outright support. Even after accepting the proposal for the bifurcation of the state, the Congress suffered the most because the people of Telangana were seeing it as a villain. He felt that in the partition of the state, the more important parts were left with Andhra Pradesh, while the part of Telangana came with nothing other than Hyderabad.
Why BJP’s hope increased?
According to Balaswami, the issue of tribals, farmers and laborers had always been prominent in Telangana. Even after being a part of Andhra Pradesh, the voice of the same party was heard in this area, which used to talk about them. After the formation of the state, the issues of these classes became the main focus of politics here. But the people of Telangana were also being affected by the happenings at the national and international level. Its effect was gradually visible in the elections here as well.
In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, in undivided Andhra Pradesh, Telugu Desam Party got 16 seats, TRS 11, Jaganmohan Reddy’s party YSRCP got nine seats. In Andhra Pradesh, which has 42 Lok Sabha seats, the BJP got success in only three seats. But in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP had raised alarm bells for the ruling party by winning four of the 17 Lok Sabha seats in Telangana. Whereas Owaisi’s party, which has traditionally done politics for the interests of Muslims, got success in only one seat here.
BJP feels that this result is due to religious polarization among voters and this is the reason why it wants to air this issue and secure a seat for itself in the next assembly elections. The party hopes that if it succeeds in Telangana, the door to the south may open for it. The party is trying to make good use of its star campaigner Prime Minister Modi in this strategy. All its central leaders are engaged in direct contact with the public on all the 119 assembly seats of the state on two days (June 30-July 01), then in the next two days, BJP President JP Nadda’s road show and Prime Minister’s program will saffronise the state. Will try to make the color thicker.
How much will KCR challenge?
According to Balaswami, KCR is not weaker than the BJP on the Hindutva card. He has built a grand temple in the state by investing Rs 1800 crore, so he himself is popular among Hindus by living a life like a traditional Hindu. He has a strong hold among the tribal-labor voters. He has been helping Muslims also through various schemes. The number of his fans in the state is huge, but the allegations of corruption-familism against his party are taking a toll on him. The BJP is seeing a possibility for itself in these circumstances.