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BJP resolves to checkmate TRS

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In its first executive meeting after formation of Telangana State here on Friday, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has resolved to expand its base in the new State and take the membership drive to a new level. The party’s focus now is on MLC elections from teachers’ and graduates’ constituency and GHMC elections.

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Hyderabad: In its first executive meeting after formation of Telangana State here on Friday, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has resolved to expand its base in the new State and take the membership drive to a new level. The party’s focus now is on MLC elections from teachers’ and graduates’ constituency and GHMC elections.

The BJP, according to State president G Kishen Reddy, is determined to emerge as the main opposition to Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) by the time the State goes for general elections in 2019. With the Congress getting decimated, there is political vacuum and the BJP would fill it.

Central leaders, who participated in the State executive meeting, said the BJP’s defeat in Delhi should not dampen the spirits of the rank and file. BJP national vice-president and Lucknow Mayor Dinesh Sharma said the BJP won 38 of the 74 municipalities and town committees in Assam, elections which were held on Monday.

Apart from Sharma, BJP State in-charge Krishna Das and national general secretary (organisation) Satishji also attended the meeting. Senior leader and Union Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya, former Sikkim Governor V Rama Rao and party ideologue Seshagiri Rao were among the 300 State leaders who took part in the meeting. The party leaders were getting ready for the ‘mega membership drive’ to be held from February 16 to 20.

The party would resume membership drive after the conclusion of MLC elections. It would soon set up committees at the village, mandal and district-levels to strengthen the party. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the meeting, BJP floor leader in the State Assembly K Lakshman lambasted the TRS government for failing to hold GHMC elections on time despite High Court reprimanding the government.

He said the party was considering the elections to two teachers’ constituency MLC seats slated for March 16 as ‘quarter-finals’, GHMC elections as ‘semi-finals’ and the 2019 Assembly elections as ‘finals’. The State executive meeting put six resolutions-cum-demands before the State government. The resolutions pointed to the government’s failure to keep its promise on SC-ST Sub-plan and farmers not getting succour despite TRS Government’s payment of first instalment related to farm-loan waiver. The third resolution criticised the decision to shift the Chest hospital to outskirts of the city.

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