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What BJP planned at Bhagya Nagar : Finding Out New Constituencies; Counter-Attacks on Regional Outfits

By Deepak Kumar Rath from Hyderabad
Updated: July 7, 2022 11:08 am

By Deepak Kumar Rath


The ruling party BJP conducted a three-day brain-storming session at Hyderabad, Telangana, during the first week of July in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief JP Nada, Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah, chief ministers’ of BJP-ruled states, office-bearers and other senior leaders. After Bhubaneswar, the party national executive could meet after the gap of five long years due to COVID pandemic and other reasons. Party chief JP Nadda reached Hyderabad (Bhagya Nagar) along with a massive road-show and was welcomed by the excited party workers of Telangana and party general secretary Tarun Chug, in charge of the state.

When one comes out of the airport and passes through the outer ring road to reach the venue Hyderabad International Convention Centre at Hightech city, one can clearly mark the poster war between the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) and the BJP. Most of the posters and hoardings of the BJP appeared to be destroyed but the outdoor publicity of the TRS was wide open. Telengana CM KCR received the presidential candidate Jaswant Sinha but avoided receiving Prime Minister Modi to send a strong message to the state. Earlier also, KCR avoided receiving PM Modi when he landed in Hyderabad. Anyway, during  my three-day visit to the state, while interacting with the general public, I could comprehend that now the BJP has become a powerful opposition in Telangana, brushing aside Congress to a corner.

Local political pundits suggest that the earlier situation was that there would be a triangular fight in the next forthcoming elections, but political ambience is fast changing. And after Narendra Modi’s massive public rally at Hyderabad, and keeping in view the massive response of the common man towards the mesmerising speech of Modi, it seems the BJP is a fast growing party and is going to pose a serious challenge to the ruling TRS. Some BJP critics, of course, were not impressed with the large crowd, as they maintain that nowadays crowds can be gathered through public relation agencies. But, if one will really observe the Telangana people’s response, especially the youth and the women, one can clearly see that the people of Telangana are crazy about Modi.

The common man has been witnessing the KCR administration for the last eight years and there is a common view that KCR has taken a lot of development initiatives in the state. The common man is not very much annoyed with the KCR administration and as a chief of the regional party, KCR has made a good image among the people of Telangana, as did Mamata Banerjee in West Bengal (WB) and Naveen Patnaik in Odisha. In WB and Odisha, the Congress is almost a marginalised party, but in Telangana, it is not a marginalised force. In some districts of Telangana, the Congress still has a mass base. So, the BJP has to first fight with the powerful TRS and then with the Congress. Anti-establishment factors always haunt the TRS, in addition to alleged corruption faces, dynasty politics and so many other issues.

In spite of all these factors, the BJP needs a strong cadre base in Telangana and a powerful, organisational structure to fight the ruling TRS. Many senior BJP leaders of Telangana are not so popular and are also not in the good books of the central leadership of the party. But yes, many new faces like Lok Sabha MP Dharmapuri Arvind, whose father was PCC president for two terms in the united Andhra Pradesh, Ravi Yadav, former Congress leader from Hyderabad, DK Aruna, national vice president BJP now, and a former Congress leader, Tiger Raja Singh, MLA, BJP, G Kishan Reddy, Union Minister and many more are quite popular among the people of Telangana. Against this backdrop, Bandi Sanjay Kumar, state BJP president, and an old party guard, is trying his best to keep all the leaders together to fight the TRS. The national executive at Hyderabad will inspire the party cadres more to strengthen the party to fight the TRS stronghold. In his address, Prime Minister Modi presented a road map of development for the state and assured the public that like other BJP-ruled states, if in Telangana too, there is a double engine government, then the fate of the state would be changed manifold.

BJP’s political and economic resolutions to face the current situation and to broaden party’s base

Prime Minister Narendra Modi rightly advocated at the Hyderabd conclave to reach out to the common man who is still away from the BJP and bring him to the party’s fold. Modi’s thrust was on the idea of reaching to the downtrodden sections of the society. Besides, its core agenda is:  The BJP now wants to spread the development platform for all, special focus on the welfare schemes and health insurance for the poor people, innovative schemes for the youth and women , and strengthening the economy on the lines of Atmanirbhar Bharat. Jan Dhan Yojana, welfare schemes for farmers, and Swachchh Bharat scheme, where crores of toilets have been constructed, should be highlighted, the PM emphasised. The BJP now is of the opinion that the dynasty politics has no place in India and those who repeatedly play the card of communalism should be exposed. All the development schemes of the Narendra Modi government are meant for one and all and are not aimed for any particular religion or community. The concept of One India, Best India–Ek Bharat, Shresth Bharat–must be given priority. While the media was repeatedly trying to drag the party into the Nupur Sharma controversy or the Udaipur murder case, the media mangers of the party successfully stayed away from such debates.

The BJP passed a resolution on economic and Garib Kalyan Sankalp, where the party has chosen five areas for pushing India towards Atmanirbhar Bharat goal and causing a paradigm shift in India’s economy. The economic resolution mentions that alleviating Indians from the web of poverty would play a key role in making India an economic powerhouse. On economy, the resolution says: The Centre would focus on developing an economy that brings a quantum jump and not just an incremental change. For infrastructure development, the Centre would also invest in developing infrastructure that becomes the hallmark of modern India and will attract foreign investors. The resolution also talks about creating a system that involves adopting modern technology and increasing the use of digital technology in the society. It also emphasises using India’s young demography and tapping it into the strategic potential of different locations. Also the resolution focused on exploring the large domestic market and demand segment for their usage at full potential.

While proposing a political resolution, Amit Shah called for ending the politics of dynasty, casteism and appeasement. The party expressed its happiness over winning the recently held bi-elections. The political resolution praised the Agnipath scheme for the short-term recruitment in three forces. The political resolution also says that the opposition is disjointed and has been opposing all the good works of the government such as the Citizenship Amendment Act, construction of Ram Temple, surgical strikes and abrogation of Article 370.

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