The curtains fell on the political campaigning for the Telangana Assembly election on November 28, setting the stage for the state's electorate to make their voices heard on November 30. This election, marked by the participation of 2,290 contestants, has seen robust efforts from political parties and candidates seeking the approval of the voters.
A Triangular Contest
Regarded as a three-way clash, the Telangana elections witness the ruling Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS), formerly Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), striving for a third term, with the Congress and a resurgent BJP as its key competitors. The BRS, under the leadership of Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, who is also contesting from two segments, Gajwel and Kamareddy, had a dominant victory in the 2018 Assembly elections, securing 88 out of the 119 seats.
Security and Preparations
In the wake of the important election, elaborate security arrangements are in place. Over 2.5 lakh staff have been deployed for poll duties, along with 3,000 personnel from other uniformed services, 50 companies of Telangana State Special Police, and 375 companies of Central forces. Section 144, prohibiting the gathering of four or more people, has been imposed 48 hours before the polling day.
Impact on National Politics
The outcome of these elections carries national implications. The power dynamics within the state could potentially impact the strategies of political parties at the national level. The BJP, despite being the incumbent at the Centre, has left no stone unturned in its quest for power in Telangana, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself addressing multiple meetings during the campaign period.
Contestants Under Scrutiny
While the election is crucial for the state's political future, it's also under the spotlight for the candidates in the fray. According to a report by the Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR), out of the 2,990 candidates analysed, 521 candidates have declared criminal cases against them, and 45 candidates have declared cases related to crime against women. The assets of 90 out of 103 re-contesting MLAs have seen an increase ranging from 3% to 1331%.
The results of the Telangana Assembly election will be announced on December 3, marking a significant day in the state's political history and potentially shaping the future governance of Telangana.