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: TRS and BJP should come clear on their friendly | Live Newspaper Hyderabad

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HYDERABAD: The Congress has made a fervent appeal to the people of Telangana to understand the “secret friendly ties” between the TRS and BJP getting exposed now in view of the ensuing by-poll to Lingojiguda ward in the city.
“The TRS has announced it will not contest against BJP in Lingojiguda ward. There is a strong suspicion among the people that it is a deal between TRS and BJP as part of which the saffron party fielded a weak candidate in Nagarjuna Sagar asembly constituency by poll held on Saturday. In a quid pro quo, the TRS said it will not field its candidate from Lingojiguda where in BJP is seeking to retain the seat in the by-poll,” said AICC secretary S A Sampath Kumar.
Former minister V Hanumanth Rao has said the Congress party has been saying that TRS and BJP are two sides of a coin.
“Our stand has been vindicated with BJP approaching the TRS working president and KTR obliging them,” he said.
The Congress leaders alleged that BJP state president Bandi Sanjay has constituted a committee to look into the issue of party ex-MLC Ramchander Rao-led delegation going to TRS working president KT Rama Rao and also seeking Congress’s help to make the Lingojiguda by-poll unanimous in favour of the saffron party.
“All this looks like a political drama between the two parties. If the TRS is true in its claim that BJP is a rival party, then why has the ruling TRS not booked any cases against Bandi Sanjay for targeting chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao with unparliamentary language,” Sampath said.
The BJP should either accept that it has friendly ties with the ruling TRS or there is infighting within the saffron party at a senior level, Sampath demanded.
However, the BJP office has clarified that Ramchander Rao going to KTR’s place was not a planned visit.
The family members of BJP corporator-elect late Akula Ramesh Goud were going to KTR’s office when they saw Ramchander Rao and urged him to accompany them. Rao obliged. However, Bandi Sanjay appointed committee is looking into the issue and will submit a report, said the BJP leaders.

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