With saffron surge, Congress sees change in TS political scenario

With saffron surge, Congress sees change in TS political scenario
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TPCC president N Uttam Kumar Reddy says that only Congress can trounce TRS in the State

Hyderabad: With the emergence of Bharatiya Janata Party as a big political force in the State, the Congress could see change in the political scenario of Telangana State in the next five years.

The BJP, by winning four seats in the Parliamantary elections, one more than the Congress, has become the second big winner in the State. The Congress won three seats and lost two narrowly.

Party leaders, who are surprised with the victories of the BJP, are now looking at a changed scenario in the State.

They feel that the BJP would play big role in the next State Assembly elections.

A senior leader of the party said that the BJP which has achieved substantial victories in West Bengal and Odisha, now would put focus on Telangana.

The saffron party, which maintained low key political attitude, now would be aggressive in the State politics. The leader said that the BJP has emerged as second leading party in the WB and Odisha and it would make attempts to secure power in those States in the next five years.

With the help of four MPs, the BJP would try to extend its reach in Telangana, the leader said. He said that as several leaders of Congress have crossed over to BJP it would become strong.

In the recently concluded Parliament elections, the BJP got about 19 per cent votes and has been polled about 36 lakh votes. The Congress' vote share has increased by one per cent over the Assembly polls, reached to 29 per cent, and got 56 lakh votes.

The ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi's vote share stood at 41 per cent and it was polled about 76 lakh votes.

The BJP got just seven per cent votes in the Assembly polls and it had added about 12 percentage points in Parliament elections. It got about 13 lakh votes in the Assembly polls and in the Parliament elections the number of votes being polled to it increased by 23 lakh votes.

As per the results of the Parliament elections, the Congress has gained in 21 Assembly constituencies, the TRS gained 63 ACs and the BJP gained 28 Assembly segments.

If the same results repeat in the next Assembly polls, the BJP would be a king maker in the government.

However, Congress leaders said that the same could not be repeated in the Assembly polls as the issues would differ and the voters' attitude would change towards the parties.

In an informal chat with media, TPCC president N Uttam Kumar Reddy said that the BJP could not become an alternative to the TRS in Telangana and it would be only Congress which could trounce the TRS in the State.

The Congress leaders are expecting that there would be no further migrations from it towards the TRS or the BJP. Instead the TRS leaders may migrate to BJP with losing confidence on the Pink party's leadership.

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