HYDERABAD … Caught between KCR, Owaisi and BJP; civic polls on Dec 1; results on December 4


NEWS POLLS 

HYDERABAD: The BJP is making a calculated bid to grab the governance of Hyderabad – which goes to polls soon and the campaign for the elections ended today. A keenly engaged campaign by multiple players saw the Telugu Rashtra Samithi (TRS) of chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao being giving a hard fight by the BJP which so far does not have much of a clout in the Telangana state that was carved out of erstwhile Andhra Pradesh in 2014.

Yet, the BJP is hopeful it can give the TRS a run for its money in this elections. Its hope rests mainly on a victory it tasted in the recent round of by-elections in various states, held alongside the Bihar assembly polls. The BJP won the Dubbakka assembly seat, trouncing the ruling TRS, and giving a shock to the chief minister.

Voting for the 150 wards will take place on December 1. The results will be known on December 4.In the 2016 corporation polls, the BJP had got just four of the 150 wards, while the TRS swept the polls with nearly 100 seats.

It was to build on this hope that the BJP sent in senior party leaders like UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath the other day, and Union home minister Amit Shah today to boost the party’s electoral chances. Shah told a rally that the BJP wanted to end the Nawab-Nizam culture in the city, and run the city corporation on an ideology of equitable distribution of the resources. He said the chief minister was missing when huge floods made life miserable for the citizens; and he stressed this was caused because drains are illegally occupied by encroachers and the ruling TRS does not have the guts to remove them. The BJP, he said, will end the dynasty rule – meaning the rule by KCR and his son KT Rama Rao and nephew T Harish Rao – and run the city on democratic lines; no one will be excluded from its benefits, he stressed, throwing an olive branch to even the Muslims who are dead set against the BJP. “We will take Telangana from corruption to transparency,” he said.

Shah alleged that the TRS was secretly hobnobbing with the AIMIM of Assaduddin Owaisi in this polls. Owaisi is hopeful that his party can wrest power this time with the heavy support he expects from Muslims and a section of the Dalits. Owaisi hails from a family from Syria, which had landed in India long ago, settled down in Maharashtra and then moved into Hyderabad.

Earlier, addressing a campaign rally, UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath said if the BJP wins power in the corporation, the city will be renamed as Bhagya Nagar, after removing the name Hyder-a-bad, the City of Hyder Ali. “If Faizabad can become Ayodhya, and Allahabad the Prayagraj, then Hyderabad can become Bhagyanagar,” he said. Owaisi quickly caught on this promise and urged people to vote for AIMIM to ensure that Hyderabad’s name remained as what it is today.

Caught in the cacophony of BJP and AIMIM is the TRS, who banks principally on Telugu Hindu votes. KCR hails from a forward community that has

Muslims form less than half of the 40 lakh population of Hyderabad district, as per the population census of 2011. Hindus are in a majority, forming about 52 per cent of the population and Muslims 44 per cent, Christians 2 per cent. Muslims are mostly poor; and the rich form some 2 per cent of the community. 

Hindu votes could as well get divided between the TRS and the BJP, as also small entities like the Congress, the TDP etc. Muslim votes, in part, could go to TRS and the Congress too, and the rest to AIMIM. It is here that Owaisi sees a chance. 

Owaisi is steadily building a base for his party, which has in the past won the Lok Sabha polls in the Old City where Muslims are largely concentrated on. His party won a few seats in Maharashtra years ago and built further on it there, and recently won five seats in the Bihar assembly polls. He is doing a lot of ground work for the next assembly polls in West Bengal, where Muslims form 30 per cent of the electorate. 

He is also aiming to make a big mark in Tamil Nadu assembly polls by May next year, where he plans to field 25 candidates. IHN-NN


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NEWS POLLS 

HYDERABAD: The BJP is making a calculated bid to grab the governance of Hyderabad – which goes to polls soon and the campaign for the elections ended today. A keenly engaged campaign by multiple players saw the Telugu Rashtra Samithi (TRS) of chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao being giving a hard fight by the BJP which so far does not have much of a clout in the Telangana state that was carved out of erstwhile Andhra Pradesh in 2014.

Yet, the BJP is hopeful it can give the TRS a run for its money in this elections. Its hope rests mainly on a victory it tasted in the recent round of by-elections in various states, held alongside the Bihar assembly polls. The BJP won the Dubbakka assembly seat, trouncing the ruling TRS, and giving a shock to the chief minister.

Voting for the 150 wards will take place on December 1. The results will be known on December 4.In the 2016 corporation polls, the BJP had got just four of the 150 wards, while the TRS swept the polls with nearly 100 seats.

It was to build on this hope that the BJP sent in senior party leaders like UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath the other day, and Union home minister Amit Shah today to boost the party’s electoral chances. Shah told a rally that the BJP wanted to end the Nawab-Nizam culture in the city, and run the city corporation on an ideology of equitable distribution of the resources. He said the chief minister was missing when huge floods made life miserable for the citizens; and he stressed this was caused because drains are illegally occupied by encroachers and the ruling TRS does not have the guts to remove them. The BJP, he said, will end the dynasty rule – meaning the rule by KCR and his son KT Rama Rao and nephew T Harish Rao – and run the city on democratic lines; no one will be excluded from its benefits, he stressed, throwing an olive branch to even the Muslims who are dead set against the BJP. “We will take Telangana from corruption to transparency,” he said.

Shah alleged that the TRS was secretly hobnobbing with the AIMIM of Assaduddin Owaisi in this polls. Owaisi is hopeful that his party can wrest power this time with the heavy support he expects from Muslims and a section of the Dalits. Owaisi hails from a family from Syria, which had landed in India long ago, settled down in Maharashtra and then moved into Hyderabad.

Earlier, addressing a campaign rally, UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath said if the BJP wins power in the corporation, the city will be renamed as Bhagya Nagar, after removing the name Hyder-a-bad, the City of Hyder Ali. “If Faizabad can become Ayodhya, and Allahabad the Prayagraj, then Hyderabad can become Bhagyanagar,” he said. Owaisi quickly caught on this promise and urged people to vote for AIMIM to ensure that Hyderabad’s name remained as what it is today.

Caught in the cacophony of BJP and AIMIM is the TRS, who banks principally on Telugu Hindu votes. KCR hails from a forward community that has

Muslims form less than half of the 40 lakh population of Hyderabad district, as per the population census of 2011. Hindus are in a majority, forming about 52 per cent of the population and Muslims 44 per cent, Christians 2 per cent. Muslims are mostly poor; and the rich form some 2 per cent of the community. 

Hindu votes could as well get divided between the TRS and the BJP, as also small entities like the Congress, the TDP etc. Muslim votes, in part, could go to TRS and the Congress too, and the rest to AIMIM. It is here that Owaisi sees a chance. 

Owaisi is steadily building a base for his party, which has in the past won the Lok Sabha polls in the Old City where Muslims are largely concentrated on. His party won a few seats in Maharashtra years ago and built further on it there, and recently won five seats in the Bihar assembly polls. He is doing a lot of ground work for the next assembly polls in West Bengal, where Muslims form 30 per cent of the electorate. He is also aiming to make a big mark in Tamil Nadu assembly polls by May next year, where he plans to field 25 candidates. IHN-NN


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