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Buoyed by Telangana bypoll win, BJP to go all out in south India | India News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: After consolidating its presence in the northeastern and eastern regions where it was considered a fringe outfit until a couple of years ago, BJP is now planning to make electoral gains in South Indian states like Telangana and Tamil Nadu.
Having won the Dubakka assembly bypoll in Telangana recently, the party’s poll managers see better prospects in the 2023 assembly polls for which it is poised to use the upcoming Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) polls for which general secretary Bhupendra Yadav has been appointed incharge. Karnataka health minister K Sudhakar, Maharashtra MLA Ashish Shelar and Gujarat secretary Pradipsinh Vaghela will assist Yadav as co-in-charges for the GHMC polls.
Home minister Amit Shah, on the other hand, will be in Chennai on Saturday to galvanise party cadres before the state assembly polls.
Alarmed over BJP’s full throttle effort to challenge his hegemony, Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) president and CM K Chandrasekhar Rao has announced to mobilise a pan-India front against BJP. He has already announced a grand meeting of parties opposed to BJP in Hyderabad after which a nation-wide campaign will be launched against the saffron party.
Till now, TRS had adopted a soft approach towards BJP, particularly on legislative business in Parliament. Barring a few occasions, TRS, which has five MPs in Rajya Sabha in nine in Lok Sabha, has been supportive of the government.
However, BJP seems ready to forego TRS’s support and sees the GHMC polls as an opportunity to prepare the ground for the 2023 assembly elections. Yadav was in Hyderabad on Thursday and attended a meeting of BJP’s GHMC election committee at the party’s state headquarters.
The Dubbaka win has bolstered BJP’s confidence as the constituency was considered a stronghold of the KCR family. It shares its boundary with Gajwel, represented by KCR; Sircilla, the constituency of his son and IT minister KT Rama Rao; and Siddipet, the stronghold of the CM’s nephew Harish Rao.
The GHMC polls are politically significant as its jurisdiction spreads across four districts — Hyderabad, Rangareddy, Medchal-Malkajgiri and Sangareddy — which have 24 assembly and five Lok Sabha constituencies.
After winning four Lok Sabha seats in the 2019 polls, BJP’s expectations have soared in Telangana. However, the party is yet to make its presence felt in Tamil Nadu and it has started preparing for next year’s polls.



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