A shrewd politician that Telangana Rastra Samiti (TRS) president K Chandrasekhar Rao played a very good and interesting game over the last few days. A political game that served the purpose. KCR experienced a big jolt after the Huzurabad by-election result was announced. He had not imagined that his party would fare so badly and his rival Eatala Rajender would enjoy massive victory in TRS bastion!
The unprecedented massive victory of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Eatala Rajender for Huzurabad assembly constituency by-election has not gone down well with ruling TRS. All the leaders are still in shock and have not come to terms with BJP’s victory. Despite throwing sops and money at voters, Huzurabad gave a decisive mandate that is likely to haunt TRS for a long time. BJP leaders from the state and country and terming this victory in Huzurabad has the step towards taking the state from the hands of TRS in 2023 assembly elections. The saffron party is on full high, especially the victory exactly one year after the party created its first major upset by winning the Dubbaka by-election.
Despite BJP showing winning streak, Huzurabad and Eatala’s victory is special because the margin of win at Dubbaka was just 1,000 votes, while it is more than 23,000 votes this time. According to Bandi Sanjay, state BJP president, “This clearly points out the trend of people’s minds. Going to 2023, we are sure capture power in Telangana and get rid of TRS’ misrule.”
This loss has become the talk of the town across all the places. Noticing that BJP was gaining unimagined mileage with the Huzurabad victory, KCR sat down in Pragathi Bhavan and burnt midnight oil to strategise plan of action that would erase the BJP’s win out of the minds of people. After that finally he came out to address a media conference, which was in his typical style, to attack BJP in state and also in centre. This took everyone by surprise!
The attacks of the TRS supremo were so blatant and direct that BJP leaders in the state were forced to react to it. In the process the celebrations of Eatala victory and BJP making inroads into Telangana were pushed aside and BJP state president Bandi Sanjay Kumar was required to counter KCR’s allegations.
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Not just once but KCR addressed media two times in two days, thus successfully shifting the focus on BJP failures, fuel prices, paddy procurement, GDP, border issues, etc. Overall the master strategist very easily put BJP on the defensive, while making people and BJP forget about the victory in the Huzurabad by-election as well as the humiliating loss that TRS faced!
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