ADILABAD: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the first time has emerged as a strong contender in local body elections for the MPTC and ZPTC seats in old Adilabad district. With candidates representing them in all the MPTC and ZPTC seats, they put up a tough fight against the TRS and Congress candidates in the local body elections. This development is evidence of the political influence of the BJP in old Adilabad and indicates its penetration into rural and tribal areas.
A noteworthy spike was observed in the number of B form applications filed by BJP candidates in the MPTC and ZPTC elections this time. Subsequently, a tough contest was noted as many members joined the BJP after witnessing the party's influence in old Adilabad district during the Lok Sabha elections. This is attributed to the waves made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and also very significantly by the Thudumdebba state president and the former MLA Soyam Bapurao joining and representing the party in the Lok Sabha elections.
However, some Liberals and Democrats are quite worried about the BJP’s penetration into tribal areas and the growing influence of the RSS and communal forces in old Adilabad district for Adilabad has been known to stand for democratic and revolutionary movements all these years. Political circles, however, are predicting the BJP's success to spread to the entire state in the coming days.
BJP leaders recalled the statement made by party president Amit Shah in the MLA election in Adilabad wherein he said that “the lotus will blossom from Adilabad as the BJP is in power in Maharashtra and Adilabad happens to be one of the entry points into Telangana from Maharashtra.”
BJP candidate D. Arvind, son of TRS Rajya Sabha member D. Srinivas, defeated Ms Kavitha by 80,895 votes.
Nama Nageswara Rao won Khammam for the TRS against Ms Renuka Chowdary of the Congress with the majority of 1,68,062 votes.
Labour minister Ch. Malla Reddy’s son-in-law Marri Rajasekhar Reddy, again a fresh face, lost to TPCC working president A Revanth Reddy.
Cadres celebrate BJP’s unexpected performance in Telangana.
Rama Rao congratulated Modi for being elected as the PM for the second time.
The MIM chief asked how many Muslim candidates won from the BJP.
In Zaheerabad, the TRS’s B.B. Patil won by 6,229 votes or 0.60 per cent votes against the Congress’s E. Madan Mohan Rao.
In recent times, Mr Naidu has distanced himself from several political parties and bureaucrats.
Mr V. Vijaya Sai Reddy is considered as Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy’s man Friday.
This trend was more starkly visible in Odisha where the Biju Janata Dal retained power for an unprecedented fourth term.
The BJP had sought YSRC support in the event of falling short of majority to form government at the Centre.
2014, too, the state had only one woman MP: Ms Kavitha.