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T-Elections: Shocking Reasons Behind Anti-Incumbency

T-Elections: Shocking Reasons Behind Anti-Incumbency

Across the nation and even among NRIs, admiration has surged for the transformation witnessed in the Gachibowli area. Recently, film actor Rajnikanth praised it, likening it to New York. Telugu NRIs also express high appreciation for the significant developments. The catalyst for this growth can be traced back to the past decade under the BRS government.

Surprisingly, despite the visible progress, there is a pronounced anti-incumbency wave in the region, as indicated by various surveys. The electoral contest in the Serilingampalli Constituency, home to Gachibowli, is predominantly between Congress and BJP, with BRS trailing in the third position. This prompts the question: why such anti-incumbency?

Several factors contribute to this sentiment. While the evident development has caught attention, locals raise concerns about land encroachments by politicians, criticizing selective development that primarily benefits external contractors rather than the local populace.

Visual progress alone does not sway voters; the tangible impact of the government on their lives plays a crucial role in maintaining loyalty. The Serilingampalli Assembly Constituency encompasses not only residents in Gachibowli and its environs but also middle-class and impoverished voters in the intervening 'bastis.' This diverse group is dissatisfied with the growth that seemingly favors the affluent, leading to a shift in their allegiance to other political parties.

Beyond the constituency, dissatisfaction with MLAs prevails across Telangana. Many feel these representatives either accomplished little or profited significantly from land encroachments. Additionally, a prevailing sentiment suggests that justice, particularly in land-related matters, favors those who can pay off politicians.

Further exacerbating anti-incumbency is the discontent among government employees, with approximately 85% expressing dissatisfaction. Delays in salary disbursements, along with outstanding amounts such as arrears and DAs, have contributed significantly to this sentiment. Despite the state's portrayal as economically robust, the inability to pay salaries has fueled resentment. A comparison with Andhra Pradesh reveals a more favorable situation there.

Amidst these grievances, voters argue that the party that originated as TRS has transformed into BRS, signaling a detachment from 'Telangana' in its name and a perceived lack of commitment to the state's betterment.

As the election looms just two days away, the veracity of this analysis, grounded in available surveys, will be tested on December 3rd.


Tags: Telangana BRS Elections 2023