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Telangana: BJP sounds poll bugle for Assembly elections, PM Modi avoids making direct attack on CM KCR

Earlier in the day, Modi, during the BJP's ongoing national executive committee (NEC) meeting in Hyderabad, asked the party to reach out to “deprived and downtrodden communities other than Hindus”.

Written by Sreenivas Janyala | Hyderabad |
Updated: July 3, 2022 9:08:50 pm
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Secunderabad on Sunday. (Photo: Twitter@BJP4Telangana)

Hyderabad July 3: The BJP sounded the poll bugle for Assembly elections in Telangana Sunday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP leaders calling for a change of guard in the state.

Notably, the parade ground that can accommodate close to one lakh people was bursting at the seams on account of Modi’s visit. The prime minister arrived to a rousing welcome from the crowd. “Looks like entire Telangana is here today,” Modi said after his arrival.

Modi added that sensing the mood for change in Telangana, the BJP had decided to hold the national executive meeting in Hyderabad.

“Just as Hyderabad gives opportunity to startups to take off, the BJP is working hard to fulfil the aspirations of the people of this country. Telangana should develop as per the BJP’s slogan of ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas,'” Modi said. The prime minister mainly spoke about how Telangana benefitted from his government’s welfare measures including free Covid-19 vaccines, gas cylinders, paddy procurement, and infrastructure development. He completely avoided talking about the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government, Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao and his family which other BJP leaders criticised and attacked.

On Saturday, at a meeting to welcome Opposition presidential candidate Yashwant Sinha, the Telangana CM tore into Modi and his style of governance, and posed several questions.

Modi Sunday said that in the last eight years, the BJP tried to bring a qualitative change in the lives of people. “We have made efforts to take development to all parts of the country. For decades, those who were deprived of even basic amenities, we have made them a part of our development. This is the reason people feel they are being taken care of. BJP has concentrated on empowerment of women, given them safety and security… BJP has done this with seva bhav sentiment. We have taken care of the poor, Dalits, socially and economically backward people, and BJP’s welfare schemes are touching the lives of all the people in Telangana. This is the reason people are trusting BJP. I am happy that the trust of people of Telangana is increasing in BJP,’’ Modi said. Modi talked about how his government’s schemes changed the lives of middle class and women in Telangana.

Modi said that women in Telangana benefitted from the Centre’s schemes which included providing gas cylinders. “More women now have Jan Dhan bank accounts especially in rural areas. Eighty per cent of the loans have been given to women,’’ he said.

Throughout Modi’s speech, the crowd disrupted him several times chanting ‘Modi, Modi, Modi’. Modi said that several highway projects including an Outer Ring Road around Hyderabad to ease traffic congestion in the IT corridor is being planned by the Centre. “Not only cities, we will lay national highways to connect villages and towns,’’ he said. He said that Rs 31,000 crore has been spent on railway projects in the state. He also announced a mega textile park for Telangana.

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“When BJP will form government in Telangana, the development of cities and towns will get a double engine growth. We want development with positivity and link everyone with it. Let us hasten up the development of Telangana with BJP government,’’ he said.

Telangana BJP president Bandi Sanjay Kumar stole the show earning praise from the PM who was visibly impressed with the crowd turnout. Kumar made a high-pitched rousing speech. “A vote for BJP here is a vote for a Modi-led government which will be free of corruption and ensure that promises to people are fulfilled,’’ he said.

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah said the BJP has sensed the mood for change in Telangana, and asked Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao to call for polls anytime he wishes. “I want to say that whether polls are held now or later, BJP will form the next government,’’ he said to a thunderous applause from the crowd.

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First published on: 03-07-2022 at 07:23:46 pm

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