The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party seems to have set its eyes on Telangana. The party wants to capture the Telugu State in the south, after Karnataka. As there are no hopes for the party to come to power in other Southern States of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh, in near future, the party is pinning its hopes on Telangana, where it has some considerable strength. The party is appearing better in some pockets of Telangana state, which is now in the grip of Telangana Rastra Samithi.
The strategists of the BJP see the ageing problem for the ruling TRS supremo and chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao to face the elections in 2024. The BJP sees a weak TRS leader by the time the State goes for the next election and believes that the weak rival is its strength. This is here, on this point, the BJP plans to grow in the State. It is for this reason, the party had made its young and dynamic leader, G Kishan Reddy, as Union Minister of State for Home.
While leaving the task of erasing the Congress completely in the State to the TRS leadership, which had already weakened the party, the BJP is focusing on spreading its wings beyond Secunderabad, where it has been strong from several years. The party had won the Nizamabad MP seat, defeating TRS chief KCR’s daughter, Kalvakuntla Kavitha. The victory at Nizamabad Parliament seat is seen as a positive indication for the party’s growth in the coming years.
Amit Shah, who addressed his first public meeting as Union Minister the other day, is going very calculated on this count. He is giving background support to the party leadership in Telangana to spread across and get ready for the bigger battle in 2024. The BJP is also looking at the other Telugu State. The party’s target here in Andhra Pradesh is to destroy the Telugu Desam Party. It is attracting the TDP leaders, both winners and losers of the 2019 general election. Once the TDP is destroyed completely, the BJP wants to be the strongest opposition for the YSR Congress in the State by 2024.
It is to be seen how these strategies work in favour of the BJP to make its presence in the two Telugu States by the next round of general elections.