Phrases like surgical strike on the old city, and flushing out rohingyas and Pakistanis from Hyderabad have been repeatedly heard, the names of Babur, Akbar and Jinnah were called for political comparisons and a promise to change the name of the city from Hyderabad to Bhagyanagar, the GHMC elections promise to be a high octane battle due to the fierceness exhibited by the BJP during the campaign.
The bhartiya janata party is clearly the party to watch out for the elections of civil body elections for which the voting will take place on December 1, with the BJP rallying with big guns from home minister Amit Shah to Uttar Pradesh Chief minister Yogi Adityanath and BJP national President JP Nadda, apart from pulling in former Maharashtra chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to release the party manifesto for the civic body elections.
“In Telangana, we have seen how statistics on Covid -19 cases were suppressed and how people of the state were left to go to private hospitals. How people had to pay lakhs of rupees for the treatment. We would like to state that the corporation will take an active role and ensure no will have to run to any privation hospitals for the vaccine,” Former chief minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis said.
The BJP has balanced their manifesto, their manifesto focuses towards aspects neglected by other political parties, the party has promised setting up exclusive primary health care centres for corona virus vaccine and testing in various areas of Greater Hyderabad apart from the healthcare the party has also focussed on providing free power, free water, free tablets and high speed wifi for economically disadvantaged children.
Why the GHMC Matters to BJP, GHMC includes as many as 24 Assembly constituencies, about one-fifth of the total number of constituencies in Telangana. The boundaries of the GHMC are spread across four Lok Sabha seats, Seven Assembly seats each from the Hyderabad and Secunderabad Lok Sabha seats, five seats from Malkajgiri, three from Chevella, and one from Medak. With the decline of the congress party since 2014, the position of the principal opposition party in Telangana is up for grabs and 5the BJP seems to be leaving no stone unturned to claim the same.
Meanwhile, the BJP has been energised by its victory in the recently concluded by-election to the Dubbak assembly seat. This has given new life to the saffron party. It was an important victory because the constituency is located in a very politically significant position—on either side are the constituencies held by CM KCR and his nephew and state finance minister T. Harish Rao. The significance of the victory can also be understood from the fact that even PM Modi called the victory “historical” in a tweet. In the 2018 state assembly election, the party’s candidate in the constituency had finished third with just 13.75% of the votes.