The BJP leaders seem to be leaving no stone unturned to make a mark in the next Assembly elections in Telangana if their ambitious programmes were any indication.The State general secretary G. Premender Reddy said the whole of TRS belonged to BJP once. “Our party is very strong in Karimnagar, Warangal and in some parts of Telangana. It was BJP that took up the cause of separate Telangana in 1997 whereas the TRS came into existence in 2001,” he explained.
When the BJP failed to assert its demand for separate Telangana owing to other political considerations and circumstances at that time, the BJP cadre joined the newly formed TRS party and thus the movement was strengthened.Party’s former MLA Vannala Sriramulu said BJP, despite being friendly with TDP has always supported the separate Telangana movement both within and outside the Parliament. “Without the support of BJP in Parliament, it would not have been possible to form separate Telangana. People of the State know how our leader Sushma Swaraj espoused the cause at every platform,” he pointed out.
The BJP leaders accusing the TRS government of failing to deliver the aspirations of the people opined that their party was the only alternative in the State. The Congress party too had miserably failed in playing its role as a responsible opposition party, said party Warangal urban district president Rao Padma.
The two-day State executive meeting scheduled to be held in Hanamkonda on July 22 and 23 would deliberate on a host of issues mainly focusing on assuming power in Telangana. “We are working with a great zeal. Of the 32,000 polling stations, we have conducted meetings, constituted new committees and strengthened the village-level units in 25,000 stations,” said party spokesperson A. Rakesh Reddy.
Premender Reddy asserted that the mass base of BJP at village level was increasing and people realised that the TRS was no more the only choice. “Leaving aside the cases of land scandal, drug mafia, or spurious seeds, let the government issue white paper on welfare schemes and how many people benefitted from them, whether the double bed room scheme or fee reimbursement,” he said.