Assembly elections in the Indian states of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Mizoram, and Rajasthan have wrapped up, with the state of Telangana gearing up for its turn at the ballot box on November 30, 2023. The results for these critical political contests will be disclosed on December 3. The electoral landscape in Telangana is marked by intense competition between the Bharat Rashtra Samiti (BRS), the Congress, and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Political Heavyweights Ready for Battle
The BRS, currently holding the reins of power, is striving to retain its position for a third consecutive term. On the other hand, Congress, invoking its historic role in the formation of Telangana, has put up a fierce fight. The BJP, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is making concerted efforts to broaden its footprint in the region. Sonia Gandhi, a prominent Congress leader, made an emotional appeal to the voters, emphasizing her party's contribution to the state's creation. In contrast, Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked the residents of Hyderabad for their support, highlighting the growing preference for BJP among voters.
Chief Minister’s Promises and Criticisms
Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, also known as KCR, took a swipe at the Congress, specifically targeting the Indira Gandhi era. Despite the criticism, he promised further development and increased pensions if the BRS secures a victory in the upcoming polls. To ensure a smooth election process, educational institutions in Hyderabad will remain closed for two days.
Election Issues and Campaign Strategies
The Kaleshwaram lift irrigation project has emerged as a key election issue, attracting criticism from the Congress. In the run-up to the election, Rahul Gandhi, a prominent Congress leader, engaged with various sections of society in Jubilee Hills, including auto drivers, sanitation workers, and gig workers, discussing their concerns. Jubilee Hills, known for its stark wealth disparity, has become a hotspot for political engagement and promises. The high-voltage election campaign concluded on November 28, setting the stage for a decisive electoral battle.