Will BJP’s Strategy Work In Telangana?
Hyderabad: A master strategist and BJP national president Amit Shah is determined to strengthen the party in the South Indian States. As part of this mission, he is touring in Telangana. It is true that the BJP has some roots though weak in Telangana than in Andhra Pradesh. Even the RSS is much stronger in the State. The BJP wants to consolidate its position.
Now, Telangana doesn’t even have a solid opposition party in the Assembly. Congress is ailing with a lack of proper leadership, and Telugu Desam Party has virtually disintegrated, with strong leaders crossing the floor and becoming ministers. The only dynamic leader found in Telugu Desam Party is Revanth Reddy. With such a situation, TDP is also not in a position to put up a strong fight in the coming elections.
Against this background, Amit Shah arrived in the State in a bid to fill this political vacuum. The BJP president started his tour in Nalgonda district. He visited several villages and is interacting with the aam janata there. He is inquiring them about the problems they are facing and also talking about the central schemes meant for them. He is asking them if the schemes are reaching them.
Taking a dig at Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) he said it is not possible to achieve ‘Bangaru Telangana’ by adopting the family rule. On the first of his tour, he mentioned three vital issues.
Apart from this, speculations are that Amit Shah is looking at implementing Uttar Pradesh formula in Telangana too. They are looking at attracting more of BC leaders in the State, at a time when KCR is determined to implement SC/ST sub plan and enhanced quota for minorities.
BJP wants to exploit the dissatisfaction among the BC leaders. As part of the strategy, they had already contacted BC leader and Telugu Desam legislator R. Krishnaiah, who has been working for the backward castes for decades. Such a leader will help BJP to understand the caste configuration in districts and also identify the reasons for their dissatisfaction. Not only that Krishnaiah was a popular leader in the united AP. He has contacts all over the State. Now if Krishnaiah joins the Party, the party can benefit from his experience and contacts in both Telugu States.
In Uttar Pradesh, BJP united all the Backward Caste leaders other than Yadavs and gave them tickets. As there was huge resentment against Yadavs in the State, they got easily elected.
The BJP wants to use the same formula here and in Andhra Pradesh too. It’s true that dominant castes are in power in the Telugu States since the formation, now they want to change it.
They are in touch with Jana Sena chief Pawan kalyan , who is a kapu. There is a lot of dissatisfaction amongst these caste leaders against the existing political parties. BJP might try to encash it too.
On the whole, one has to wait and see if the Uttar Pradesh formula will have any relevance in the Telugu States.