difference between BJP and TRS votes in Hyderabad polls is just 10,000 votes

The resounding show of the Bharatiya Janata Party in the just concluded Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GCMH) elections has come as a big morale booster for party leaders and cadre in Telangana while providing a possible blueprint for its future strategy to wrest power in the state.

The party is brimming with confidence that it can dislodge the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) from power in 2023 assembly elections. “Our next goal is to conquer Telangana and we shall begin our efforts in the right earnest,” BJP Telangana unit president Bandi Sanjay Kumar said.

The BJP came second in the GHMC elections by winning 48 out of the 150 seats as against the 55 seats won by the TRS. However, in terms of vote share, BJP was only marginally behind the TRS– which polled 12.06 lakh or 35.81% votes– with 11.95 lakh votes or a vote share of 35.56%.

“The TRS government went for elections very early, not giving us much time to even select the right candidates. Otherwise, we would have got an absolute majority and might have even touched the 100-seat mark,” said Sanjay Bandi, president of the state unit of the party. He will be leaving for New Delhi to submit a report on the party’s performance in the GHMC polls to the high command.

According to political analyst Suresh Dharur, the GHMC elections would definitely spread the message among the electorate in the rest of Telangana that the BJP is the only alternative to the TRS.

“There is a definite political vacuum in Telangana now, as the Congress has become ineffective and the TDP has become defunct. Added to this, the aggressive posture adopted by the BJP has started attracting the masses,” he said.

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