The ongoing assembly elections in Telangana are throwing up some interesting and peculiar situations.
YSR Congress party president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, who has been maintaining a dignified silence over actor-turned-Jana Sena Party president Pawan Kalyan all these days despite provocation from the latter, lambasted him finally on Monday.
When a restaurant worker J Srinivas Rao made an attempt on the life of YSR Congress president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy by stabbing him on his arm with a sharp knife at Visakhapatnam airport on October 25, Telugu Desam Party president and Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu tried to wash off his hands saying his government had nothing to do with the incident.
Telangana Rashtra Samithi, which has been getting some negative reports over its prospects in the Friday’s assembly elections in the state, is said to be banking heavily on exploiting Telugu Desam Party president and Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s campaign in Telangana, rather than propagating its own manifesto.
From farm loan waiver up to Rs 2 lakh to unemployment allowance and from doubling security pensions to free cows, laptops and bicycles, major political parties in debt-ridden Telangana are promising the moon to the voters.
YSR Congress party president and leader of opposition in Andhra Pradesh has been toiling day and night by undertaking padayatra for over a year, but his media house Sakshi, which is supposed to be the backbone of his campaign, seems to be in a chaotic state without any proper control.
It is not the much-talked about 24x7 power supply, Rythu Bandhu, Rythu Bheema, Kaleswaram project or any other scheme that would fetch votes for TRS in the Assembly elections but the tried–and-trusted ‘anti-Andhra’ rhetoric or in other words, the "Telangana sentiment" that might be instrumental in TRS victory in the coming election.
The ongoing elections to Telangana assembly have created tense moments to all political parties in the state, as it has become extremely difficult for them to read the pulse of the voters.
Ahead of his visit to Telangana, Congress President Rahul Gandhi said on Monday that the state was born out of "idealism", but in the last four years the "arrogance and corruption" of the BJP and ruling TRS has made the people "cynical".
Political circles are abuzz with discussion on how TRS is damaging its chances in Hyderabad and elsewhere in Telangana by repeatedly referring to Seemandhras as "settlers", "Andhrollu" and "Seemandhrulu" in their election speeches.
With an anti-establishment talk doing rounds in the political and media circles, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi is working out a plan to emerge at least the single largest party in the next week’s assembly elections in the state.
Bharatiya Janata Party does not have many stakes in the ongoing elections in Telangana. Let alone having the chances of coming to power in the state, it can hardly expect half a dozen seats, if not less.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday said that if the BJP comes to power in Telangana, MIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi and his younger brother Akbaruddin will have to flee Hyderabad the way Nizam did.
Why is Telugu Desam Party president and Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu focusing so much on the Telangana assembly elections scheduled to be held on December 7?
The public meeting of Telangana Rashtra Samithi president and caretaker chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao at the Secunderabad parade grounds is learnt to have disappointed not only the hard core TRS fans, but also common people who were mobilized in big numbers from different parts of the surrounding assembly constituencies.