Amit Shah to arrive in Telangana on 12 March to turbo-charge party cadres ahead of Lok Sabha polls

Amit Shah, upon touching down in Hyderabad on 12 March, plans to engage with party workers rather than address public meetings.

ByRaj Rayasam

Published Mar 07, 2024 | 12:58 PMUpdatedMar 07, 2024 | 12:58 PM

Amit Shah at a public meeting in Telangana before the 2023 Assembly elections. (Supplied)

The BJP in Telangana is revving up its engines, navigating a flurry of political activity while the Congress and BRS are still figuring out their game plan for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has already graced Telangana with his presence, addressing two back-to-back public meetings. Now, Union Home Minister Amit Shah is set to land in Hyderabad on 12 March, ready to assess the party’s preparedness for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

With a list of names unveiled for 9 out of the 17 Lok Sabha seats, the remaining candidates will soon step into the limelight. BJP cadres and leaders have been on a whirlwind Vijay Sankalp Yatra, crisscrossing the state recently and setting the stage for an electoral symphony.

Amit Shah’s Telangana visit

Amit Shah, upon touching down in Hyderabad on 12 March, plans to engage with party workers rather than address public meetings. His agenda includes meetings with booth-level workers and party leaders, scrutinising the party’s status in each Lok Sabha constituency with a fine-toothed comb, identifying any grey areas and swiftly addressing them.

The BJP juggernaut’s visit coincides with a time when the party’s prospects are gleaming bright, even in Telangana, where it once held little sway. The shifting patterns in the political kaleidoscope bring hope for the party’s resurgence.

Buoyed by the perceived national ascendancy, the BJP anticipates a stellar performance in the state. Party leaders are optimistic that the post-Ayodhya temple consecration “mahol” will serve as an electoral goldmine for years to come, fostering a renewed sense of pride in Hindu dharma after decades of neglect.

As the Parliamentary elections centre on the question of Modi’s third term as Prime Minister, the BJP envisions sidelining the BRS in Telangana, focusing its battle solely on the Congress. With the belief that the Congress is losing its national sheen, the BJP hopes this will result in the party’s fallout in Telangana as well.

During his previous visit in December, Amit Shah set a target of securing at least 10 Lok Sabha seats. While the party projects winning all 17, it acknowledges this as an ambitious aim.

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BJP’s vote-pulling strategy 

In two recent public addresses in Telangana, Prime Minister Modi sought to establish a “nexus” between the Congress and the BRS, highlighting alleged “corruption” in the Kaleshwaram Project. Party cadres are optimistic that this narrative will position the BJP as a formidable force in the state.

Currently, the party is busy preparing charge sheets against the BRS and the Congress, focusing on their omissions and commissions. Prime Minister Modi has directed the state unit to spotlight the family rule in both parties and “expose” the “invisible” relationship they share. The BJP aims to tap into the reservoir of anti-Congress and anti-BRS votes, painting both parties as two sides of the same coin.

While the party secured eight seats in the recent Assembly elections, a remarkable feat considering its 2018 performance of only one seat, it views the 2018 results as an aberration. The BJP asserts that its upward trajectory has continued, evidenced by a surge in voting percentage from 6.98 percent in 2018 to 13.90 percent in the 2023 Assembly elections.

Having secured four Lok Sabha seats in the 2019 general elections with a vote share of 19.45 percent, the BJP aspires to triple these figures, establishing a robust foundation for future growth.

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