Updated March 16th, 2024 at 17:51 IST

Congress, BJP Gear Up for Lok Sabha Polls in Telangana, BRS Struggles to Make Comeback

The ruling Congress in Telangana and the BJP are geared up for the electoral battle, while the BRS is struggling to bounce back following its defeat in the Assembly elections.

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Hyderabad: As the bugle is sounded for Lok Sabha polls with the announcement of the schedule, the ruling Congress in Telangana and the BJP are geared up for the electoral battle, while the BRS is struggling to bounce back following its defeat in the Assembly elections.

The arrest of BRS founder and former Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao's daughter, K Kavitha, on the eve of the poll schedule announcement seems to have done no good to the already low morale of the party that was in the ruling saddle for 10 years, before losing the elections last year.

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Lok Sabha polls, besides Assembly byelections, will be held in Telangana on May 13.

Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy had earlier said Congress is aiming to get 14 seats while Union Minister Amit Shah has set a target of over 12 for BJP in the upcoming polls. Telangana has 17 Lok Sabha seats. BRS harvested the maximum in 2019, winning 9 of them.

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The morale of Congress is high following its victory in the Assembly polls held late last year.

The Congress government, led by Revanth Reddy, is banking on the implementation of its 'guarantees' announced before the Assembly elections late last year.

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Revanth Reddy, who is also the state Congress president, launched free travel for women in state-run RTC buses and Rajiv Arogya Sri health scheme of Rs 10 lakh for the benefit of the poor within 48 hours after coming to power.

Subsequently, the Congress government kicked off implementation of other promises, including supply of LPG cylinders for Rs 500, free power supply up to 200 units to the poor, Rs five lakh financial assistance to build houses, filling up over 28,000 vacancies in government and approval of caste census, among others.

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The ruling party is hopeful that the implementation of the poll 'guarantees' would pay rich dividends in the parliament elections.

Congress had won three out of the total 17 Lok Sabha seats in the 2019 elections.

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BJP, on the other hand, is optimistic that the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi would help its cause in a big way in the hustings.

Modi had inaugurated several development projects and addressed public meetings in Telangana earlier this month and held a roadshow in Hyderabad on March 15.

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah has also addressed public meetings in Hyderabad in March.

This paid dividents last year as the saffron party its Assembly presence to eight seats in the 2023 assembly polls from one in 2019, while its vote share rose to a decent 14 per cent, though its hopes of coming to power in Telangana remained unfulfilled.

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In an indication of BJP doing well in the present Lok Sabha elections, sitting BRS MPs B B Patil (Zaheerabad) and P Ramulu (Nagarkurnool) joined the saffron party.

The construction of Ram temple at Ayodhya is also expected to help the BJP, while the Congress is hopeful of getting the votes of minorities.

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BJP has already announced candidates for 15 out of the total 17 LS seats in the state.

Down after its shock defeat in the Assembly elections, the BRS is plagued by desertion of sitting MPs and some leaders reportedly choosing not to contest in the Lok Sabha polls.

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For example, BRS has announced Kasani Gyaneshwar as its candidate from Chevella constituency after sitting MP G Ranjit Reddy allegedly opted out of the contest.

Notably, BRS MLC K Kavitha, daughter of party president and former Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, also reportedly chose not to enter the poll fray. Incidentally, she lost the 2019 battle also, to BJP's Arvind Dharmapuri from Nizamabad.

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BRS announced former MLA Bajireddy Goverdhan as its candidate from Nizamabad which was represented by Kavitha during 2014 to 2019.

Meanwhile, AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi, who will seek re-election from Hyderabad, is expected to raise the issue of CAA and other issues during the campaign for the Lok Sabha election.

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Published March 16th, 2024 at 17:51 IST