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Rajendra Nagar: MIM and TDP to slug it out

Rajendra Nagar: MIM and TDP  to slug it out
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Rajendra Nagar: MIM and TDP to slug it out. Rajendra Nagar is well-known for housing the Shamshabad Airport and has been in the limelight because of the real-estate boom for quite some time now.

Rajendra Nagar is well-known for housing the Shamshabad Airport and has been in the limelight because of the real-estate boom for quite some time now. The area once had a deserted look until Rajiv Gandhi International Airport was constructed, making it one of the busiest commercial areas of the city. The area is also famous for the innumerous educational institutions which include Acharya N G Ranga Agricultural University (ANGRAU), National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD), Andhra Pradesh Prohibition and Excise Academy, etc. There are also many international schools in the area.

0Kasani Gyaneshwar was named as the Congress candidate from the area. Incumbent T Prakash Goud was given a ticket again to contest from the TDP. The MIM is fielding Zakir Hussain Jawed while the TRS and YSRCP are fielding Swarnalatha and Mujatabad Ahmed Syed respectively.
The constituency was formed after delimitation in 2009 from the Chevella constituency. Areas including Shamshabad, Kokapet Gandipet, Himayath Sagar, Budvel, Upperpally, Attapur, Hyderguda, Kattedan, Manikonda, Hydershakote, Bandlaguda Jagir, Peeramchervu, Shivarampally and Mailardevpally form the voter base. There are 1, 93,438 men, 1, 68,125 women and 23 in the others category, forming a total of 3, 61,586 voters in the constituency.
Rajendra Nagar constituency consists of four divisions; Shivrampally, Mailardevpally, Rajendra Nagar and Attapur. The constituency which is surrounded by Bahadurpura, Chandrayangutta, Mehdipatnam and Langer Houz has over 60 per cent of minority occupancy. Areas like Hassan Nagar and Shastripuram have more than 70 per cent Muslim populations as it borders the core of the Old City areas of Bahadurpura and Chandrayangutta. This makes it an interesting constituency.
Since the area has 70 per cent minority voters, MIM is confident of bagging this seat. Also the area houses 90 per cent locals which leave the gates open for TRS and Congress candidates, who are banking on the ‘T’ sentiment. The YSRCP is fielding a Muslim candidate to sweep the minority votes. However, the ‘T’ wave and majority of local inhabitants would hinder YSRCP’s triumph. The TDP has a strong hold in this area, particularly among the BC community. But it would be interesting to see whether the BC votes would go only to the TDP as Congress’ Kasani Gynaneswar is also a strong BC leader.
The Congress always had a tacit understanding with the MIM, but with the party keen on clinching the seat and fielding a strong candidate like Zakir Hussain Jawed, the chances of Congress would be badly hurt. Lack of cadre hurts the TRS, which hopes to ride on the ‘T’ wave. The TDP might be counting on the Modi wave but being a Muslim minority dominated constituency, the wave might hurt the TDP’s hopes of retaining the seat. The constituency is likely to witness a tough fight between MIM and TDP.
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