Narendra Modi, Amit Shah unlikely to oppose KCR’s plan to advance Telangana Assembly polls

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With a conference of the party leaders in Jammu, BJP president Amit Shah today kicked off his 95-day all-India tour. This tour comes as part of the master-plan for the 2019-general elections to ensure that Narendra Modi governemnt is re-elected in two years’ time.

Amit Shah has devised a special strategy to better the BJP’s performance of 2014 Lok Sabha elections, when the party secured 282 seats on its own winning a clear majority.

A single party won majority in the Lok Sabha elections after 30 years. Last time, Rajiv Gandhi-led Congress had won such a majority in 1985 in the aftermath of assassination of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

Amit Shah is focusing on clinching 120 seats, where the BJP had failed to win in 2014 despite a groundswell in favour of Narendra Modi.

KCR is peeved because Telangana was among the few states that “contributed more revenue to the Centre than what we got in return”. Shah got under his skin by criticising the state government for failing to utilise central funds and shoddy implementation of the Narendra Modi government’s flagship programmes like Swachh Bharat.

“Since the inception of Telangana, the state has received only Rs 67, 390 crore. I wonder how Shah can say that the Centre has given Rs 1 lakh crore. It is a blatant lie,” thundered KCR. He also ridiculed Shah’s much publicised lunch with Dalits, claiming the food served was cooked in a neighbouring village.

However, the angry CM was full of praise for the prime minister. “He (Modi) is doing a good job, there is not a single case of corruption in three years,” KCR told reporters. “He has good plans for the country too. I even supported him during demonetisation. In fact, I was the first, while even the chief ministers of BJP-ruled states remained silent.”

For the BJP, Shah has advised the state leaders to identify seats where it came second or third in 2014 and focus on them. He has also deputed RSS man BL Santosh, who played a key role in the Karnataka elections, to Hyderabad to coordinate the Telangana electoral effort.

The BJP president has also committed to addressing a public meeting in Mahbubnagar district of Telangana next week, to kickstart the BJP campaign. The state BJP also plans to make a splash on 17 September, which is the day Hyderabad was liberated from Nizam rule and joined the Indian Union in 1948. It will position it as Hindu majority Hyderabad overthrowing its Muslim ruler. It helps that the day also happens to be Modi’s birthday.

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