Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to campaign in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation elections, which are scheduled for December 1. This proves the seriousness with which the BJP is out to challenge the Telangana Rashtra Samithi on its turf, especially the plan to bring the PM to campaign in a municipal election.
Apart from PM Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP chief JP Nadda and other top leaders are all set to campaign for local polls. Even Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has been drafted.
BJP MP and Yuva Morcha president Tejasvi Surya on Tuesday announced the BJP stood for saffronisation and in South India, such saffronisation will begin from Hyderabad and would spread to the other states. He said his party would win the municipal polls first and then the Assembly polls. Over the last two days, Surya has made controversial remarks in rallies calling All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul-Muslimeen leader Asaduddin Owaisi, who is also the Hyderabad MP, an avatar of Pakistan founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah. He also accused Owaisi of bringing Rohingya Muslims to Hyderabad instead of ushering in development.
BJP state president and Karimnagar MP Bandi Sanjay Kumar, during a roadshow in Hyderabad on Tuesday, said that once a BJP candidate becomes mayor, the BJP would conduct a surgical strike in the Old City to flush out Rohingyas and Pakistanis living there.
He said the Telangana Rashtra Samithi and AIMIM were trying to win municipal polls with the illegal votes of Rohingyas, Pakistanis and Afghanis. To this, Owaisi hit back at Sanjay Kumar, asking the BJP to come out with statistics to reveal how many Pakistanis were living in Hyderabad.
Party sources said they noticed an opportunity when perception surveys carried out even before the Dubbaka bypolls where the BJP beat the TRS that there was room for the party to grow. Currently, in the south, the BJP is in power only in Karnataka.
The BJP is keen to better its prospects in the South and, therefore, the focus on the Hyderabad municipal election. The party has also sounded out for alliances in Tamil Nadu and Kerala, which go to the polls in May 2021.