TRS: GHMC poll results don’t mean BJP will win many seats in Telangana election

The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) retained the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) but its tally went down to 56 from 99. On the other hand, the BJP’s number went up from 4 to 49, making the TRS dependent on the AIMIM which held its own.

The big questions that arise are: Is the BJP set for a southern surge? Has the Hindutva experiment worked in Hyderabad? How will the TRS counter the BJP’s Mission Telangana?

On his show News Today at 9, India Today TV Consulting Editor Rajdeep Sardesai spoke to TRS leader K Kavitha to find answers to these and other relevant questions. Excerpts from an interview.

Q: Do you concede it’s a wake-up call for the TRS?

A: We will analyse, at the party level, as to what’s gone wrong. But we’re still the single-largest party. We haven’t Hyderabad’s Mayor position, something the BJP wanted.

Q: But the TRS has come down to 56 from 99. How will you stop the BJP?

A: 99 was a record-breaking victory. Yes, we have lost seats, but we will come back with a greater force. The BJP has misled the voters. This doesn’t mean that the BJP will win many seats when Telangana’s Assembly election happens. We will stall the BJP.

Q: Will you conceded that the TRS’ tall claims and corruption in governance went against it?

A: It’s the BJP’s propaganda. During the floods, during the Covid-19 pandemic, TRS leaders were on the ground, while BJP leaders were missing. As for corruption, there are hundreds of cases against BJP leaders and none against TRS leaders. Look at the Reddy brothers in Karnataka, Himanta Biswa Sarma in Assam. I don’t want to open Pandora’s Box.

Q: Did you lose the polarising game?

A: The TRS is not so naive. If people don’t want you, they will throw you out. If people are succumbing to the BJP’s jumlas, it’s the mistake of the TRS as a party. Amit Shah came to Hyderabad to campaign, not a single paisa was given for flood relief in the city, while big funds were given to other states. We will expose their lies. We will give them the taste of their medicine. The takeaway is to be more dynamic and keep calling them out. We will become a model in the country.

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