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Huzurabad by poll counting: BJP’s Etela heading for victory

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Huzurabad voters seem to have delivered a deadly blow to ruling TRS in Assembly bypoll going by the early trends in the counting of votes which started at 8am on Tuesday (today).

BJP candidate Etela Rajender is leading over TRS in every round of counting although with a slender margin.

Five rounds out of total 22 rounds counting have been completed so far and Etela secured lead in all five rounds.

TRS secured lead only in postal ballots. But in EVMs counting, BJP leads in all five rounds so far.

Etela is leading by nearly 2,000 votes over TRS after 5 rounds of counting.

BJP leaders are confident of winning Huzurabad bypoll by over 10,000 votes.

Although KCR spent thousands of crores of rupees in Huzurabad to win by poll, voters seem to have rejected him going by early trends.

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BJP to repeat “Million March” on Tank Bund for job notifications!

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The Telangana unit of BJP has announced to hold “Million March” on Tank Bund in Hyderabad demanding the TRS government to release job notifications.

The ‘million march’ on Tank Bund held in March 2011 demanding statehood for Telangana attracted national and international attention then, which played a key role in Centre granting statehood to Telangana in 2014.

Now BJP wants to repeat this ‘million march’ on Tank Bund on November 12 to protest the failure of TRS government in filling government job vacancies and to bring pressure on TRS government to release job notifications immediately.

BJP Telangana president had issued an ultimatum to TRS government to issue job notifications by Diwali on November 4 during his padayatra in August-September this year.

Since the TRS government failed to issue job notifications, Bandji Sanjay has decided to hold million march with thousands of students, youth and unemployed demanding job notifications.

Bandi Sanjay said though there are nearly two lakh vacancies in government departments, the TRS government is sitting on job notifications for the last three years due to which several unemployed and government job seekers committed suicides across the state.

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BJP claims victory in Huzurabad bypoll, Etela starts victory celebrations!

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Even before the polling ended at 7 pm on Saturday (today) for Huzurabad Assembly byelection, the Telangana BJP declared victory on its own at 6.30 pm based on polling trends and started victory celebrations across Telangana.

While the counting of votes will take place on November 2, BJP’s leaders and cadre celebrated BJP candidate Etela Rajender’s victory in advance by bursting crackers and distributing sweets.

BJP Telangana president Bandi Sanjay even went to the extent of congratulating Etela Rajender, Telangana BJP leaders and cadre who worked tirelessly for the last five months for BJP’s victory in Huzurabad.

Bandi Sanjay claimed that the polling trend indicates that Rajender is going to win this bypoll with a huge majority.

He said they got information from various exit poll agencies, which clearly stated that BJP’s victory is certain in this bypoll.

Bandi Sanjay said people in Huzurabad have given a verdict in favour of BJP and as a slap on the face of TRS chief and Telangana CM KCR.

Sanjay said TRS downfall has begun with this bypoll and the TRS government will collapse anytime soon with the revolt by TRS MLAs and ministers against KCR.

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BJP not going anywhere, problem is with Rahul: Prashant Kishore

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Poll strategist Prashant Kishor has said that the Bharatiya Janata Party ‘is not going anywhere for many decades and the problem with Rahul Gandhi is that he thinks that the BJP will be overthrown by people’.

Kishor said this in Goa on Wednesday and a clip of his Q and A session has been shared in social media.

The statement comes at a time when the Trinamool is spreading itself outside Bengal, and is also a proof that the talks of Kishor’s entry into the Congress have ended.

He said that the BJP will be at the centre of Indian politics for years, it wins or loses, much like the Congress in the first 40 years after Independence.

“BJP is going to be the centre of Indian polity, whether they win, whether they lose, like it was for the first 40 years for Congress. BJP is going nowhere. Once you secure 30 per cent plus votes at the national level you are not going away in a hurry. So do not ever get into this trap that people are getting angry and they will throw away (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi,” he said.

“Maybe they will throw away Modi, but BJP is not going anywhere. They are going to be here, they are to fight it out for the next many decades. It is not going in a hurry,” Kishor answered when asked.

He added: “Unless you examine, understand and take cognizance of strength, you will never be able to put a counter to defeat him (BJP & Modi’S strength)”. He said the problem with Rahul Gandhi is he does not realise this but thinks people will overthrow the BJP.

Earlier, he had said that the Congress party’s fortunes in Uttar Pradesh, which goes to the polls next year, would not be revived despite all the “hype” generated around the Lakhimpur Kheri incident, and the subsequent arrest of party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.

“People looking for a quick, spontaneous revival of GOP led opposition based on #LakhimpurKheri incident are setting themselves up for a big disappointment. Unfortunately there are no quick fix solutions to the deep-rooted problems and structural weakness of GOP,” Kishor, who played an instrumental role in propelling Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress back to power in the West Bengal Assembly polls held in March-April this year, wrote on Twitter.

The remarks have come amid “strong speculation” that Kishor would join the Congress and the party was deliberating on the issues raised by him.

Even as no one in the party is averse to the idea of Kishor joining the Congress, the party leaders have said that he should not be given sweeping powers regarding elections.

The Congress is preparing for the upcoming Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh along with a few other states which are going to polls next year.

In the politically crucial north Indian state, the Congress is pitted against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party.

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Rumour mill abuzz with stories of VVS Laxman joining BJP, but what’s the truth?

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There is a strong buzz in the political circles that swashbuckling batsman from Hyderabad VVS Laxman would join the BJP and would contest from one of the seats in Hyderabad in the 2023 elections. In fact, the rumour mill was working overtime on Wednesday evening about VVS joining the BJP.

But, there was no confirmation of this from any sources. Neither VVS nor the BJP have confirmed this. In fact, VVS Laxman is currently busy with anchoring the World Cup Cricket broadcasts. He could not be approached for comment. But, his family members too refused to respond. The BJP sources too did not confirm this. Also, the likely constituency for VVS was also not named.

In fact, cricketers playing an active role in politics is no new. Hyderabad’s Azharuddin was a two-time MP from the Congress Party. Punjab’s Navjot Sidhu and Delhi’s Gautam Gambhir have been MPs. Ditto with yesteryear cricketers Keerthi Azad and Chetan Chouhan. Cricketer Sreesanth contested and lost from Trivandrum Lok Sabha seat. In Hyderabad, cricketer Vivek Jayasimha too had joined the BJP for a brief period, before drifting away.

But Laxman never showed any political inclination and still has a growing career both as a commentator as well as sports administrator. While some of his family members have a decidedly pro-BJP leaning, Laxman has never revealed any interest in politics. Sources say that this could even be a mind-game of the BJP

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BJP uses ‘central power’ in Huzurabad, TRS worried!

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It’s just a bypoll in Huzurabad on October 30 but the ruling TRS and opposition BJP are fighting this battle as if TRS government will fall if TRS loses this bypoll and BJP will form the government in Telangana if it wins this bypoll.

The TRS and BJP are fighting a do-or-die battle in Huzurabad.

The TRS has been confident all these days that it can win this bypoll being a ruling party as it has entire official machinery, police machinery and abundant money at its disposal and BJP cannot withdraw its government power and money power.

But the BJP is now giving a shock to TRS as the polling day of October 30 nears.

The BJP is using its ‘central power’ being a ruling party at the Centre.

The central paramilitary forces were deployed at Huzurabad. The central forces took complete control of Huzurabad.

With this, the local Telangana police lost their control and hold.

The Election Commission of India even transferred local CI and SI level police officers in Huzurabad ahead of polling, who are considered close to TRS and working for the victory of TRS.

All these are worrying TRS as the central power of BJP is dominating the state power of TRS.

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Punters bet on YSRCP margin, BJP votes in Badvel bypoll

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Though Badvel bypoll is a clear cakewalk for the YSRCP and there is no doubt about the victory of YSRCP candidate Dasari Sudha, betting has reached a crescendo over the verdict in Badvel. The punters have hedged their bets big time and even leaders of the respective parties too are joining the betting rings.

Interestingly, the BJP leaders and cadres are betting that the BJP would get up to 18500 votes. Most bettings are on how many votes the BJP would get. Similarly, the majority of the punters are betting on the majority that the YSRCP would get. If sources are to be believed, bets are being hedged for an 80000 majority for the YSRCP candidate Dr Dasari Sudha.

Sources say that the betting is in full swing in Proddatur and Jammalamadugu assembly constituencies. Sources say that in the Tirupati bypoll, a BJP leader reportedly hedged huge amounts claiming that the YSRCP would not get the claimed 4 lakh vote majority. With the YSRCP majority falling way too short of the 4 lakh mark, this former minister reportedly ended up winning Rs 5 crore.

Badvel bypoll was caused due to the demise of sitting MLA Venkata Subbaiah. He won by over 44000 votes against the TDP candidate. The TDP has opted out of the bypoll this time. But the BJP has put up Panatala Suresh as its candidate. The YSRCP has nominated VenkataSubbaiah’s wife Dasari Sudha as its candidate. The polling would be held on October 30 and the result would be out on November2.

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3 BJP Rajya Sabha MPs planning home’coming to TDP?

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Are those turncoats who defected to other parties after the TDP lost the 2019 elections, now planning to return to the parent party? Soon after the crushing defeat of 2019, several prominent leaders of the TDP have joined the BJP. But now , it appears that all these leaders are trying to come back to the TDP.

Rajya Sabha MPs Sujana Chowdry, CM Ramesh and TG Venkatesh are said to thinking of joining hands with Chandrababu. They feel that they have not benefited by their association with the BJP. Also, their Rajy sabha terms are coming to an end by next year. There is no chance of their being reelected to the Rajya Sabha as the BJP does not have the required numbers in AP. Also, the BJP has no use for them as they have no influence outside AP.

Hence these leaders are now trying to join the TDP. Also they feel that they can be of some help to the TDP in case the elections are advanced. Sources say that Chandrababu too is paving way for re-entry. He is said to be of the opinion that their financial muscle would be needed if Jagan calls for early elections.

But, some party loyalists are said to be opposing the re-entry of these three MPs. They feel that by giving importance to defectors would undermine the hard work done by loyal party workers. But, Chandrababu appears determined to bring them back.

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Why are BJP seniors missing from action in Huzurabad?

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While the Huzurabad election campaign has reached a crescendo and all the main contenders are pulling all stops, some familiar BJP faces are missing in action. Why are they missing in action? Is it because they are sullen and unhappy? Or it is because the party leadership finds them of no use any longer?

Several BJP leaders are spending days on end in Huzurabad addressing street corner meetings, road shows and small meetings. State president Bandi Sanjay, union minister Kishan Reddy, senior leaders Dk Arunka and Vijayasanthi, star crowd-pullers like Raghunangan Rao, D Aravind and others are doing lot of leg work in Huzurabad.

But prominent leader and MLA Raja Singh is not being seen anywhere in the campaign. He was an active campaigner in Dubbak. But, in Huzurabad, he is missing from action. Sources say that Eatala Rajender did not want Raja Singh to campaign in Huzurabad as it could mean losing some hardcore Muslim votes. Eatala is worried that Raja Singh’s speeches could lead to a blowback on the BjP.

Similarly former BJP state chief and now OBC morcha president Dr Laxman has not toured Huzurabad so far. With just two days left for the end of the campaigning, he is unlikely to tour in Huzurabad. Similarly, former president and senior hand N Indrasena Reddy too is missing in action. Indrasen Reddy, who is disappointed at not finding a place in the national executive committee, is not even visiting the party office. He is an expert in dealing with the Central Election Commission on election irregularities. But, he has not extended his services to Eatala.

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BJP wants TDP to “loan” polling agents for Badvel bypoll

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The BJP is facing a strange predicament in Badvel, where there is a bye-election by the end of this month. Well! There are not many expectations about how many votes the BJP will get. By looking at its past performance, one can make a fairly accurate guess about how many votes it would get now.

But the real problem is about how to get the polling agents for the party. There are 200 polling booths and the party needs 200 trustworthy and dynamic polling agents. After all, these are the most crucial set of people who make or mar the chances of the party on the day of polling. So far, the BJP could get up to 40 polling agents. It is now looking to recruit the remaining polling agents.

The biggest problem for the BJP is that it has never made a serious attempt to build the organisation at the grassroots level. As a result, it is not in a position to find polling agents. The latest is that the BJP has sought the help of the TDP in this regard. It has reportedly requested the TDP to put up its agents. Sources say that BJP leader and former minister Adinarayana Reddy has met the TDP leaders in Gopinathapuram of Atluru mandal to request the TDP to ‘loan’ some polling agents.

Interestingly, BJP candidate Panatala Suresh too was reportedly present at this meet. He too reportedly requested the TDP to bail him out by providing him with reliable polling agents. The BJP wants to put up at least a respectable fight in Badvel.

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BJP candidate in Huzurabad distributing money: TRS to EC

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The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) on Friday complained to the Election Commission that the BJP candidate in Huzurabad by-election and his supporters are distributing money to voters.

A delegation of TRS leaders led by party General Secretary M. Sreenivas Reddy met Chief Electoral Officer Shashank Goel and submitted a memorandum. They claimed that “strange” accounts are being opened in various banks in Huzurabad and BJP candidate Eatala Rajender and his men are parking illegal money in these accounts for the purpose of distributing the money to the voters.

The TRS leaders said they have reliable information that Rajender and his supporters particularly Bhadrayya are opening bank accounts in various banks in different names and transferring huge money into them in a very organised manner with the purpose of utilising the same amounts for distribution to voters on the eve of the by-election, scheduled on October 30.

“This activity is a grave offence and out and out corrupt practice under the provisions of various penal laws as well as in contravention of model code of conduct,” they said, demanding a thorough investigation to find out how many such bank accounts are opened in Huzurabad.

“The pattern in which the amounts are put into the accounts for distribution among the voters clearly establishes that BJP and its candidate Eatala Rajender resorting to corrupt practices to buy the voters in order to win the election illegally,” it said.

The TRS delegation said though they brought to the notice of the Election Commission several illegalities of BJP and its candidate, no action was taken.

“Unless you direct the appropriate investigating agencies to investigate the issue, it is going to cause irreparable loss to our party’s legitimate prospects in the election. If no meaningful action is taken, it would cause immense damage to the democratic process and fair play in the election,” the TRS memorandum said.

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TDP, BJP quid pro quo in Badvel?

The TDP must now be ruing not contesting in the Badvel bypoll. It has decided not to contest as it was not confident of a victory. But it put forth the alibi that it was honouring the convention of not putting up a candidate against the kin of an MLA whose death has necessitated the bypoll..

Now in the wake of the recent attacks on the TDP offices and the arrest of party spokesperson Pattabhi on charges of using expletives for a constitutional head, the party rank and fine now feel that their anger and determination could have found an expression in the Badvel bypoll. Now, it’s almost a walkover for the YSRCP.

A section of the party feels that the TDP should now vote for the BJP candidate to show their anger against the YSRC. They say that the TDP workers should silently work for the BJP. They are also arguing that this would be useful to the TDP as this will give a reason for the TDP to approach Union Home Minister Amit Shah. This section feels that support to BJP in Badvel could be used as an effective bargaining chip for the TDP.

TDP support to the BJP in the bypoll and Amit Shah’s support to Chandrababu would be a political quid pro quo.Meanwhile, former Minister Adinaryana Reddy, who was earlier in the TDP, is said to be in touch with the TDP leaders and is said to have asked the TDP to support the BJP in the bypoll.

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One party- many stands: AP BJP’s style

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Every political party usually has a stand of its own on any specific issue. But, there is one political party in Andhra Pradesh, which seems to have two opinions on every issue. No marks for guessing the party in question. It’s the BJP in AP. The party has two opinions even on the brazen attacks on the TDP offices in the state.

The BJP has different opinions on any subject. If Somu Veerraju says something, then Purandeswari says the exact opposite. Rajya Sabha MP GVL sometimes backs Veerraju and Purandeswari at other times. Then there are leaders like Sujana Chowdary and CM Ramesh who have their own agenda in the party. Even on the attacks on the TDP offices and the arrest of Pattabhi, the party is speaking in different tones.

State president Somu Veerraju has strongly decried the attacks on the TDP offices and said that such attacks do not augur well for democracy. For a change, Purandeswari backed him. She said the leaders in power should be tolerant of dissent. She condemned the attacks by YSRCP workers on the TDP offices. On the contrary, Rajya Sabha MP GVL Narasimha Rao reminded Chandrababu that he had opposed the Central Government and did not even allow the CBI into the state while he was in power. He said the same Chandrababu was now seeking Centre’s interference in state’s affairs. He said Chandrababu should apologise to the Central Government before seeking its support. Meanwhile, former minister and Rajya Sabha MP Sujana Chowdary too strongly criticised the ‘factionist attitude’ of the AP government.

Thus the BJP in AP is speaking in different tones. Each leader has his take on the recent incidents in AP.

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GVL comes to the rescue of YSRCP yet again

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In Andhra Pradesh, BJP leaders like GVL and Vishnu Vardhan Reddy have many times come to the rescue of YSRCP in the past. This made the people of AP suspect that these leaders might have an internal deal with YSRCP. Now GVL once again came  to the rescue of YSRCP, albeit indirectly.
After the recent incident of YSRCP leaders attacking TDP cadres and their offices, leaders from many parties condemned such physical attacks. Somu Veerraju, chief of AP BJP, also condemned these attacks. However, GVL Narasimha Rao found fault with CBN’s statement requesting centre’s interference in this matter. He reminded the previous statements of CBN in which he resolved that the leaders of the central government do not have right to enter into the state of AP. He also stated that BJP didn’t yet forget the behaviour of CBN with BJP when he was in power. Overall it looked like he wants to corner CBN in this episode.
Leaders like Vishnuvardhan Reddy openly expressed his admiration for his own caste and the leaders belonging to his caste in the past through social media. So his indirect support to YSRCP is mostly understandable. But it is yet to be known why GVL is hellbent on saving Jagan at crucial times.

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Don’t let 1990 repeat itself in Kashmir: Manish Tewari

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Amid reports of migrants fleeing from the Kashmir Valley after targeted killings by the terrorists, Congress leader Manish Tewari on Wednesday cautioned the government and asked not to allow the repeat of 1990 when Kashmiri Pandits had to flee and the government could not provide security.

In a statement on Wednesday he said, “I urge the Prime Minister and Home Minister Amit Shah, do not Under any circumstances allow this ethnic cleansing by another name to take place”.

He blamed that the situation has arisen due to the abrogation of Article 370. “Provide security and give confidence to migrant workers. Some will die. That is COST unfortunately for the August 5, 2019 folly. Don’t let 1990 repeat itself.”

He said Punjab was brought back from the brink because the Punjabi Hindus stood their ground and never fled in fear. Hundreds of Hindus were pulled out of buses and trains and shot but they never baulked. They suffered but never surrendered, he added.

“In Kashmir we are surrendering to Terrorists.”

“This is ethnic cleansing by another name. In 1990 BJP & communist parties supported VP Singh who made a cardinal error by not providing security to Kashmiri Pandits. In 2021, same mistake is being made again by facilitating departure of migrant workers,” Tewari said in a statement.

Tewari’s comments came after terrorists killed 11 non-local individuals in the Valley in the last 16 days. Due to this an atmosphere of fear has been created there leading to the exodus of migrants.

Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and informed him about the steps taken by the Jammu and Kashmir administration and the Union Home Ministry to improve the security situation there. The two leaders discussed the atmosphere of fear created due to targeted killings by terrorists in Kashmir. The Home Minister also informed the Prime Minister about the exodus of fear driven migrants from the Valley.

Amit Shah will visit Jammu and Kashmir on October 23-25 and will hold important high-level meetings with regard to the security situation in the Valley. This is the first visit of the Union Home Minister to the union territory after the abrogation of Article 370.

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No alliance with BJP or TDP, Pawan wants to go it alone?

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What is Pawan Kalyan’s next move? This is the question that is being hotly debated in the AP political circles. All the three major political parties – TDP, BJP and even the YSRCP – are watching Pawan’s moves with alacrity. Pawan, who has of late become active on the political front, is keeping everyone guessing.

As of now, one this has become quite clear. Pawan Kalyan no longer finds an alliance with BJP very attractive. He is finding that the alliance has fewer benefits for the Jana Sena. The dalliance with the BJP is adding up to nothing. In the panchayat, municipal, MPTC and ZPTC elections, the party could have done better had it gone alone.

Even the TDP appears to be an unattractive proposition. The TDP itself is in the throes of a crisis. The below-par performance of the TDP in Tirupati, MPTC and ZPTC elections has hit it very hard. Pawan reportedly feels that an alliance at this stage with the TDP may not be beneficial to the Jana Sena. So, he is not considering an alliance at this stage.

Meanwhile, Jana Sena thinking heads feel that the party should go it alone in the 2024 elections. There is a growing section which feels that Jana Sena should project itself as an alternative to the YSRCP rather than an alliance partner of some other party. The party feels that AP is looking for an alternative and that Jana Sena can fill the gap. Even Pawan is said to be of this opinion. It is because of this political reading that Pawan these days is seen as trying to chart out a new course of political action.

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Will the BJP get its security deposit back in Badvel?

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What is the biggest task before the BJP in the Badvel bypoll? Well! Everyone knows that the Bjp cannot win the Badvel bypoll The biggest challenge before it is to get back its security deposit. If sources are to be believed, the BJP is planning its strategies to ensure that it would not forfeit its security deposit.

In the 2019 assembly elections, the BJP candidate in Badvel got just 735 votes. The BJP candidate polled less number of votes than the BSP, an independent and NOTA. This time around, the BJP wants to ensure that its candidate secures his deposit. According to sources, the party leaders are putting their heads together to put up a decent performance.

The total number of voters in Badvel is 2.14 lakh. In the 2019 elections, the number of votes polled is around 1.5 lakh. To get back the security deposit, a candidate has to poll one sixth of the votes cast. This means that the BJP candidate has to poll at least 25000 votes. This is a tall order for the BJP in Badvel, where it does not have a decent organisational wherewithal.

In 2019 , the Jana Sena fought the election in association with the BSP and Badvel was given to the BSP, which got 1321 votes. Though Balija community, which identifies itself with Pawan Kalyan, is present in considerable numbers, there are fewer chances of them rallying behind the BJP this time. Sources say that the BJP is trying to entice the TDP voters as the TDP has not put up a candidate. Former minister Adinarayana and MP CM Ramesh are said to be in talks with the TDP to shift its votes to the BJP. But, will that happen? Let’s wait and watch!!

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BJP has no use for Gandhis, boots out Swamy

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One big surprise in the BJP’s newly-announced national executive committee is the omission of maverick leader Subramanya Swami and mother-son duo of Menaka and Varun Gandhi. All the three are MPs – Swami an MP in Rajya Sabha and the Gandhis from Pilibhit and Sultanpur respectively. The big question is why these three leaders have been show the door?

Swami, who is ideologically closer to the RSS has always been a problem kid for the party. He wanted the finance ministry and had severely criticised both Arun Jaitley and Nirmala Sitaraman. On many an occasion, he not only criticised the government but also went public about it. Many of his comments were out of sync with the party line. Besides this criticism, his Rajya Sabha term is set to end soon and the BJP is in no mood to renew it as he is well over 70. The party has decided that he should also be dropped from the national executive.

As for the Gandhis, they were sulking for quite some time. Menaka Gandhi, who was a minister in Modi 1.0 , was dropped in 2.0. Varun Gandhi was neither made a minister at the Centre nor the CM in the state. Both mother and son have been critical of several decisions of the party. The latest is that they were against the party line on Lakhmipur Kheri decision. The party, which was upset with them, has dropped them from the national executive. It is now likely that post 2024, they would not even get the party ticket to contest.

Thus the BJP Gandhis would be a thing of past in the party soon. The newly constituted national executive committee would meet on November 7. The BjP NEC could not meet for over two years due to the Covid and the lockdown.

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Is this why Kishan Reddy is silent in Telangana?

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Till a few months ago, Union Minister G Kishan Reddy was quite active and was passing several comments on the state BJP affairs. Some of his comments ran counter to the statements of Bandi Sanjay and his moves gave an impression that there was intense groupism in the Telangana BJP. But now, he Is not making comments and is seen focusing more on his ministerial responsibilities.

BJP insiders say that the BJP top bosses have told Kishan Reddy point blank to focus only on his ministerial responsibilities and leave state politics to the state president Bandi Sanjay. They also reportedly asked him not to interfere in the state affairs. Sources said that this diktat was issued on the basis of a complaint by state president Bandi Sanjay. That is why Kishan Reddy is not actively seen in the yatra of Bandi Sanjay.

BJP insiders also say that Kishan Reddy these days is only visiting the Ambarpet constituency. Sources say that he and his close associates are focusing only on the constituency. Besides, he is busy managing things in the Secunderabad MP constituency, which has sent him to the Lok Sabha.

The party also reportedly told him not to make statements thatcan be construed as pro-TRS. This was done to give a free run to Bandi Sanjay, whose yatra’s first phase has just ended. However, Kishan Reddy would be campaigning in Huzurabad soon in support of the party candidate Eatala Rajender.

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Jana Sena peeved at Somu Veerraju’s silence over Posani vitriol

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The relations between the BJP and the Jana Sena are now turning out to be more fragile than anyone realised. One question that seems to be troubling both Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan and his partymen is that why was AP BJP president Somu Veerraju silent when maverick film personality Posani Krishna Murali attacked Pawan Kalyan? Why did he not take on Posani? Why did he not come to the defence of Pawan Kalyan? Sources say that this question could well decide the fate of the Jana Sena-BJP relations.

It may be recalled that on the issue of Badvel, both are speaking in different tones. While Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan has said that he would not put up a candidate for Badvel bypolls, AP BJP chief Somu Veerraju has categorically said that the BJP would contest the bypoll. He has also said that Pawan Kalyan will campaign for the BJP candidate in Badvel.

Sources say that there were some pressures from some ‘unseen’ quarters on Somu Veerraju to keep off the Posani issue. They feel that this pressure must have come from none other than Y Jagan Mohan Reddy. Sources also say that a section of the party has taken the issue of Somu Veerraju’s silence on Posani’s diatribe to the notice of the party higher-ups. They reportedly expressed dissatisfaction over Somu’s style of functioning.

These leaders have reportedly told the BJP top leadership that the party is down in the dumps after Somu Veerraju took over. They are of the opinion that the party had gained some strength when Kanna Lakshminarayana was the party president. They reportedly alleged that Veerraju has some secret understanding with YS Jagan. Meanwhile, Pawan Kalyan too is said to be unhappy with the silence of Somu Veerraju and is believed to have been upset with his attitude. This dissatisfaction could have its impact on the Badvel bypoll, sources said.

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