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Bandi Sanjay Kumar: Hindutva is central to social gathering’s marketing campaign in State: Telangana BJP president Bandi Sanjay Kumar

Previous Hyderabad, the bastion of Asaduddin Owaisi-led AIMIM, shall be a core focus space for the BJP within the run-up to the meeting election in Telangana, mentioned the social gathering’s state president Bandi Sanjay Kumar. He additionally advised ET that the BJP will “expose Telangana chief minister Ok Chandrasekhar Rao’s failure to maintain the rioters of Adilabad underneath test.”

The BJP is about to carry his state government assembly in Mahabubnagar on Tuesday the place in leaders are anticipated to make choices on the social gathering’s marketing campaign.

Since January 2020, Bhainsa, a city in Adilabad bordering Maharashtra, has reported three communal clashes which have pitted the BJP not simply towards the ruling Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) but additionally the AIMIM, which controls 15 of the 26 wards within the city.

The historical past of riots in Bhainsa goes again to 2008 when even numbered Hindus and Muslims engaged in violent clashes throughout Durga Puja processions. The city has change into central to the BJP’s marketing campaign prior to now one yr. Not too long ago a neighborhood courtroom in Telangana acquitted 24 males who had been accused of rioting, a difficulty that has change into a flashpoint among the many rival political events.

Sanjay had vowed to rename Bhainsa city as Maisa (Mahisha) if the BJP involves energy and promised to withdraw instances towards the imprisoned Hindus. “It’s the BJP that, together with the assist of Hindu teams, is taking care of the victims of the communal violence in Bhainsa, whereas the rioters have been scot free. Security of Hindus shall be a main focus of our marketing campaign,” mentioned Sanjay.

Not too long ago, he slammed the CM for in accordance state honors to the deceased titular eighth Nizam of Hyderabad, Mukarram Jah Bahadur, asking him whether or not he was the nizam’s “kin” and that he ought to get his DNA examined. Atrocities by the Razakars, throughout the merger of the erstwhile princely state of Hyderabad with India in 1948, are an necessary a part of the BJP’s marketing campaign within the state.

Kumar, a former member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, began the final section of his praja sangrama yatra from Bhainsa final yr, and now plans to proceed with the sixth section of the procession masking 18 km and seats in and round Hyderabad. He’s ready for a go-ahead from the social gathering’s central management. His efforts to rejuvenate the BJP in Telangana had been praised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the social gathering’s nationwide government held in Delhi just lately. What stays difficult for the BJP is the supply of leaders in a state the place the BRS (previously referred to as TRS), has a robust community of social gathering staff. The Congress, ridden with social gathering conflicts, is predicted to strengthen its place after the Karnataka election. It has core votes at the least in three districts within the southern a part of the state.

Chief minister Rao’s efforts to push his social gathering on the nationwide stage, his assist to JD(S) chief HD Kumaraswamy initially however Kumaraswamy’s subsequent absence from Rao’s mega rally in Khammam just lately, other than Karnataka election outcomes, are necessary elements that the BJP is considering, whereas making it clear that Hindutva and an anti-dynasty, anti-corruption push will stay key to its marketing campaign in Telangana.

Kumar has alleged absence of challans towards site visitors violations within the previous metropolis, protested the usage of Urdu in official work, questioned the state authorities’s spending on organizing Ramzan festivities and launched an agitation towards the 12% reservation for Muslims in academic establishments and authorities jobs proposed by CM Rao. Final yr, he and UP CM Yogi Adityanath visited the Bhagyalakshmi temple in Hyderabad and claimed that the previous a part of the town has not seen any improvement.

In the meantime, the BJP is working in the direction of strengthening sales space committees, and has requested all of its district leaders to hold out outreach packages to indicate that the BRS has been depriving the state of the Centre’s welfare schemes. Three phases of sales space committee strengthening packages have been initiated by the BJP to make sure all of the 34,000 cubicles within the state are operational with working members. Whereas two phases, masking districts equivalent to Nizamabad, Hyderabad, Adilabad, Karimnagar, Nalgonda and Mahabubnagar, are over, the social gathering is now searching for appropriate features for Khammam, Warangal and different areas that was once Communist or Congress bastions. A protracted-awaited occasion by PM Modi in Mahabubnagar is more likely to enhance the hassle.

“I’m requesting all district leaders to do yatras. He (CM Rao) promised an excellent specialty hospital in each district and medical care at mandal stage, and likewise revenue assist to unemployed youth. However none of those guarantees have been met. Then again, PM Modi has given the state the Vande Bharat Categorical and schemes equivalent to Kisan Samman Nidhi,” Kumar advised ET.

“KCR’s welfare schemes haven’t reached widespread folks and we are going to spotlight that. We’re combating the mixed may of TRS-Congress-AIMIM as a result of they’re all united within the struggle towards us,” he added.

CM Rao, who just lately held a mega rally in Khammam with some opposition leaders, has made his intention to struggle the BJP clear and is making all efforts to make sure he will get a 3rd time period. Panchayat Raj minister Errabelli Dayakar Rao just lately mentioned the social gathering may very well be dropping at the least 25 MLAs to safe a sweep. A BRS MP advised ET that the social gathering is framing its narrative across the highly effective cultural and regional symbols of Telangana, together with its rulers, customs and traditions. “BRS is barely an extension of TRS. Regionalism will conquer nationalism, like what occurred in Bengal,” mentioned the MP, who spoke on situation of anonymity.

The BJP plans to step up its campaigning within the state after the Union finances, with ministers visiting every of the 33 districts within the state, mentioned social gathering leaders.

“Many leaders are keen to affix us, however we do not need those carrying the burden of anti-incumbency. That may change into a legal responsibility,” mentioned a BJP chief, who didn’t want to be recognized.

Latest allegations of poaching by the BRS towards the BJP have additionally made the social gathering cautious about its exercise within the state which has been witnessing visits by senior leaders of the social gathering equivalent to Sunil Bansal, BL Santhosh, Arvind Menon and Shiv Prakash prior to now two months to evaluate the bottom state of affairs.

Assuaging leaders from different events equivalent to Etala Rajendran and Vivek Venkataswamy who joined the BJP and need extra visibility given their clout and expertise, and reassuring core BJP-Sangh leaders to work along with everybody, is a serious problem that can be a high precedence for the social gathering, other than constructing the social gathering’s group.

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