With win uncertain, how BJP promise dropped from gold coin to Rs 3,000 in Munugode

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BySouth First Desk

Published Nov 12, 2022 | 12:58 PMUpdatedApr 04, 2023 | 9:05 PM

K Rajagopal Reddy with supporters in Munugode. (Facebook)

Voters of Munugode were, not unreasonably, expecting a bumper Deepavali thanks to the high-stakes battle in the constituency where the BJP poached the former Congress MLA Komatireddy Rajagopal Reddy to take on the TRS.

Both the TRS and the BJP were expected to pull out all stops to woo the electorate. And that, as is common in Telangana, included the promise of lucre.

In the initial euphoria of the switch, and confident of victory because of visits to Munugode by the likes of Union Home Minister and BJP “master strategist” Amit Shah, the moneyed Rajagopal apparently promised voters a gold coin each, sending a frisson of excitement across the constituency.

But as the campaign ground on, there was a creeping sense in the BJP that the easy victory they had expected may not exactly come about.

So it is little wonder that the businessman in Rajagopal Reddy decided to cut his losses, telling close supporters that it made little sense to pour money into a losing venture. And that too for a truncated term of a year.

So it came about that the promised gold coin morphed into a modest ₹3,000, leaving voters livid.