Huzurabad byelection: It’s BJP’s Ram mandir versus TRS’ sop | Sidnaz Blog

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HYDERABAD: BJP is playing the emotive Ram Mandir card to counter TRS’ sops and schemes to woo voters ahead of the crucial bypoll to the Huzurabad assembly constituency.
The 5,000-disciplined army of BJP and its frontal organisations are raising the Ram Mandir issue. Panna Pramukhs, each of whom has the target of connecting with 60 voters, are silently taking the slogan to the electorate that “a vote for the lotus symbol is equivalent to contributing a brick in the construction of Ram Mandir at Ayodhya.”
BJP claims the response has been good from the people as a majority of them have been raising hands when asked by Panna Pramukhs how many of them had contributed money during the public donation collection done by Sri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust for construction of Ram Mandir and offering them another opportunity to add to their good deeds. “TRS is depending on money to win the election. BJP’s slogan is to meet every voter at least once. It is up to the voters to decide whether they want to do ‘punyam’ (good deeds, good karma) by voting for BJP which is constructing the Ram Mandir or account for ‘paapam’ (sin) by voting against lotus,” BJP’s Huzurabad in-charge and former MP AP Jithender Reddy told TOI.
Backward classes welfare minister Gangula Kamalakar, who is leading TRS charge in Huzurabad, said BJP has always tried to polarise voters on religious lines. “The issue of Ram Mandir is not new as BJP tried to use it in earlier elections too. But people of Telangana have been voting for development and welfare schemes of TRS government and K Chandrasekhar Rao’s promise of transforming the state into Bangaru Telangana,” he said. However, the minister hastened to add that they would soon come out with a counter strategy against the saffron party’s Hindutva card.
Another senior TRS leader said people know that the KCR government has been spending on temples, including Yadagirigutta, enhanced the honorarium of archakas, muessins and imams. It has given land for cemeteries to the Christian community in and around Greater Hyderabad, in tune with its secular ideology, he added.

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Telangana: Eatala Rajender to contest Huzurabad poll; will | Live Newspaper Hyderabad

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HYDERABAD: Former minister Eatala Rajender is most likely to contest the bypoll to Huzurabad Assembly constituency and not one of his family members. Even the BJP top brass has insisted that Eatala should enter the electoral fray seeking re-election and give a strong reply to the ruling TRS by retaining the seat.
Though the TRS leadership has been working day and night to wean away supporters from his camp and openly support the ruling party, the second and third rung leadership and cadre have vowed allegiance to Eatala in the constituency.
Sources in the former minister’s camp said that though Eatala had asked for a union ministry and a Rajya Sabha seat, the saffron party did not promise Eatala any of the two.
He was told to contest and win the election after which he would be rewarded suitably, and that the BJP and its frontal organisations would go all out to ensure his victory. Eatala is expected to submit his resignation to the Speaker on Monday or Tuesday.
With Eatala to enter the electoral fray on BJP ticket, for the first time after the formation of Telangana state Huzurabad Assembly constituency is likely to witness a close triangular contest, which otherwise saw a straight battle between the TRS and Congress and Eatala winning the seat with huge majority in 2018 and 2014 Assembly polls.
While the Congress is banking on a major vote split of TRS as Eatala would be cutting into the ruling party vote bank, to win the seat, the BJP is banking on the strong network developed over the years by the former minister in his constituency to work wonders for him in the by-poll.
The saffron party will rope in its star campaigners from the national level depending upon the prospects of the party as the polling day nears.
A senior leader in the TRS said the name of B Vinod Kumar, former MP from Karimnagar and presently the vice-chairman of State Planning Board is among serious consideration with the TRS leadership to be fielded to take on a formidable Eatala in his own constituency.
While the AICC high command will take a final decision on the candidature, P Kaushik Reddy of the Congress, who lost to Eatala in 2018-Assembly polls has already covered nearly 30 villages as part of his campaign.

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