Why Rahul Gandhi has got his Telangana strategies wrong
The Mahakutami (the Congress plus Telugu Desam Party – TDP plus Prof Kodandaram’s TJS) that are fighting for the Telangana state assembly elections to be held on 7th of this month, December are likely to meet a Maha flop, now that, their true colors are manifested in their pro-Muslim manifesto released a few days ago (for the electoral enticement) ignoring all other Hindus in the state. The manifesto was telecast by all national news channels to the surprise of the majorities.
It’s a known fact that the Mahakutami trio (with the Congress being the principal party in it) are known for their Muslim appeasement and they are all still under the delusion that their minority pandering garners votes. They’re caught unawares being still in pre-Modi era.
In the whole process Rahul Gandhi proved to be a leopard that cannot change it’s spots. He felt that his temple hopping would work in the North and his minority appeasement in the South. His calculations may fall flat on his face for the simple reason, now, the whole of India knows what the Congress is and where to turn to for shelter. It directly fortifies the BJP voters.
The AICC president is so naïve to think that his party, the Congress, can outsmart the Telangana Rastra Samithi (TRS) in appeasing the Muslim minorities. No way it’s possible. The Muslims of Telangana have been in K Chandrasekhar Rao’s kitty with his promise of 12% Muslim-reservation in the state and also by the solid backing of Assaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM to the TRS.
This step of mollycoddling of Muslims by the Congress and TRS may turn the tide for the BJP for inching towards the power. The BJP national President Shri Amit Shah has grasped this well. So time and again, Shri Shah has reminded the people of Telangana to come out of Nizam’s rule. He also said, TRS and the Congress bow down to Owaisi brothers, only the BJP could face them squarely.
All the above told, is one huge folly committed by the Congress, the other act that hurts immensely the Congress is the appointment of the former MP Mohammed Azharuddin, the working president of the Congress party in Telangana days ahead of assembly elections in the southern state by Shri Rahul Gandhi.
Azharuddin is eyeing for contesting Secunderabad M.P seat with the Congress ticket. Another Congress person from the majority community who nurtured the same ambition for so long to contest for the seat has angrily opposed this in public sometime back. It’s not understandable why the Congress now made Azharuddin the President of Telangana Congress and why Azharuddin wants to stand for Secunderabad seat instead of the Hyderabad seat where the Muslims are in the majority and he could fight with Asaduddin Owaisi and win the prestigious seat for his party , the Congress.
Assaduddin Owaisi has been throwing an open challenge to Rahul Gandhi to contest with him in Hyderabad to win. Always the Congress and the TDP put up weak candidates against big brother Owasi in Hyderabad. Should we presume the secularism practiced by them demands that?
The Congress President Rahul Gandhi also cleared some fresh appointments in the Telangana Pradesh Congress, approving the names of two vice presidents – B M Vinod Kumar and Jaffer Javed, eight new general secretaries and four secretaries in the state unit. Shri Rahul Gandhi in his wisdom named two Muslims in the President and Vice-President ranks. They automatically become the highest decision makers.
The rest may contain some members from the majority community who may not have a voice. The other members from the majority community are invariably sub-ordinate to their President and Vice-president who are from minority community. The so-called secular media doesn’t question this. This is all in the name of secularism! When the BJP fields less Muslim candidates, it questions.
Shri Azharuddin is an import to Hyderabad. He spent most of his time in the north India and fought electoral battles from there. He became a Member of Parliament on the Congress ticket from Uttar Pradesh. Though known as a cricketer all over India, had to quit it ignominiously in a match-fixing case. He used infamously his minority-card for a cover up. This man doesn’t want to contest against another minority religious co-brother from the Hyderabad constituency.
Secunderabad is the bastion of the BJP for a long time. And the present M.P Shri Bandaru Dattatreya won from it for several times. This time round, if the Congress, in the form of Mahakutami fields Azharuddin as their candidate (for sure it does) from Secunderabad in 2019 Parliamentary elections, the BJP’s candidate should be Swami Paripoornanda as the constituency people revere him.
The nexus between the Congress-MIM,TRS-MIM should be broken and their hegemony shouldn’t be allowed to continue as it leads to chaos in the state of Telangana.
I am Indira Garimella living in Hyderabad. I hold a Master’s Degree and M. Phil (in English) with M.Ed. I worked as PGT in English in Government run Residential Schools. I have been associated with Pragna Bharati, Hyderabad (an RSS backed NGO) for the past 25 years. I was one of the office-bearers in the Organisation from 1994 to 2004 i.e. I was the in-charge of Publications during that period. I have been a keen observer of National Politics and also write letters and articles to the English and Telugu newspapers from time to time.