Hyderabad Municipal Corporation though was an election of very small level however BJP made it a National Issue. Home Minister of India, Amit Shah, UP’s Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and BJP president J.P. Nadda were the star campaigner of Bharatiya Janata Party which had made the election so huge that even national Media were forced to hold discussion over the issue. The civic body election became a prestige battle for the parties.
BJP has often been called as a North India – Hindi Belt party which Narendra Modi-Amit Shah have tried to break since past 6 years. After winning state elections in most of the north eastern states, BJP is now focused on South India where it has almost remained absent except Karnataka where there is a BJP government.
After the partition of Andhra Pradesh into two states, BJP’s chance was to target Hyderabad Municipal Corporation which is currently the shared capital of Andhra Pradesh and newly formed Telangana state. During the election campaign, BJP has left no stone unturned and have touched both of its favourite issue including Development and Hinduism.
The other parties contesting elections were Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS), All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) and Indian National Congress (Congress). K. Chandrashekar Rao is the founder of the party and is the Chief Minister of Telangana. Party was formed with a single-point agenda of creating a separate Telangana state with Hyderabad as its capital. TRS has dominated the state politics since its formation and often taken credit of getting the new state formed out for Telugu speaking people. AIMIM, led by Asaduddin Owaisi is an Islamic Political Party and is associated with communal politics. Congress is another party in picture which has ruled entire nation for the longest period of time however seems non existent currently.
After BJP announced their intention to contest GHMC elections, TRS and AIMIM had ridiculed the efforts of BJP and said that it won’t be able to do anything in Hyderabad. They also mocked BJP by saying that the national president of BJP has come to campaign for a gully election. However, BJP paid no heed and kept to campaign in its full force. The local leaders were given full strength and power to campaign for themselves. With the involvement of central leadership, voters have got a sense of connection towards the party which had been a missing point from BJP ever since it was formed. And the results have shocked everyone. TRS–which had won 99 seats in the 2016 elections has been reduced to only 55 seats while AIMIM came third and got only 44 seats.
Congress has continued to show no improvement by securing merely 2 seats, BJP on the other hand have emerged a real winner by coming second and securing 48 seats by raising their tally from 4 seats in 2016 elections.Additionally, BJP is the only party to have at least one corporator in all 6 zones of GHMC while the difference in the total number of votes between TRS and BJP is less than 8,500.
This election results will boost the moral of BJP to contest more fiercely in coming assembly elections not only in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh but in all South Indian state. Results have shown that a correct approach and proper will may allow the party to win in states where it has been absent historically. It is also an alarm for the regional parties to hold their horses tight as the BJP is ready to take the space Congress has left vacant, especially in the politics of South Indian states. It is also a wake-up call for those who after loosing elections used to accuse BJP for manipulation of EVM machines as the Hyderabad Municipal Corporation elections happened on Ballot Paper. I’ve never supported Ballot Paper over EVM however one election was required through Ballot Paper so to prove that there could be no tampering with the EVM and it is the people who are choosing the parties everywhere.
Author: Adv. Shashank Shekhar Jha
Legal Editor, GoaChronicle.com