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 Congress chief Revanth Reddy appoints core team to | Live Newspaper Hyderabad

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HYDERABAD: Two days after expelling P Kaushik Reddy from the party, the Telangana Congress has expedited its preparations for the ensuing by-poll to Huzurabad assembly constituency by appointing an 18-member core team to prepare the election strategy.
Kaushik Reddy had contested the Huzurabad election on Congress ticket in 2018 and finished as a runner up. He was expelled for alleged anti-party activities.
A Revanth Reddy, the new president of the state Congress unit, has appointed co-ordinators and in-charges of mandals, towns and the assembly constituency.
This core team comprises two former MPs, a former minister, an MLC, an MLA and former legislators.
The All India Congress Committee (AICC) appointed chairman of Election Management and Strategy Committee and former deputy chief minister Damodar Rajanarasimha will be the overall in-charge of the core team and the by-poll to Huzurabad assembly segment.
Damodar Raja Narasimha belongs to the Scheduled Caste (SC), a community which has over 45,000 voters in the Huzurabad constituency.
He along with his core team members will not only shortlist a panel of names comprising top three candidates with winning prospects but would also study the ground situation and prepare the election strategy.
Based on the report submitted by the core team, the Congress will launch its campaign and other election-related work in the constituency.

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More time for Huzurabad bypoll will help TRS settle: BJP | | Sidnaz Blog

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HYDERABAD: With a high stakes bypoll set to take place in Huzurabad, BJP’s state unit has started drawing up plans with the party’s national leadership.
Earlier, the party had benefited from national general secretary Bhupender Yadav’s campaigning for the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) polls. This time, national joint secretary (organisation) Shivprakash and other strategists who were active during the West Bengal elections will be directing party efforts for Huzurabad.
This time, BJP will look to mainly focus on campaigning at the micro-level on the ground. Party sources believe the Huzurabad bypoll will take place around October along with elections in other states.
While a by-election can take place within six months’ time, the saffron party’s think tank is of the opinion that having an early election can help the party. “More time (for the election) will give TRS time to settle. We want the election to happen when the heat generated through the resignation of Eatala Rajender is still on,” a top BJP functionary said.
Senior functionaries of the saffron party were initially apprehensive about the Huzurabad bypoll as they felt the party had lost the momentum — gained through performances in Dubbak and GHMC — in the Nagarjunasagar bypolls.
The Nagarjunasagar bypolls saw no party bigwigs campaign unlike the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation polls where even party’s national president came down to campaign.

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