Bharatiya Janata Party does not have many stakes in the ongoing elections in Telangana. Let alone having the chances of coming to power in the state, it can hardly expect half a dozen seats, if not less.
Yet, the party is not taking it easy. For the last few weeks, it has been bringing in several stalwarts from New Delhi and also other parts of the country to campaign for the candidates in the elections.
Right from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to BJP national president Amit Shah to even Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath are being flown to different parts of Telangana for the campaign.
Starting with September 16 rally at Mahbubnagar, Amit Shah came to Telangana several times, attacking the Telangana Rashtra Samithi and the Congress party. He is still touring different parts of Telangana.
Modi addressed two rallies on November 27 and will be addressing a massive public meeting at L B Stadium in Hyderabad on Monday.
Yogi Adityanath addressed a couple of public meetings at Sangareddy and Medchal, besides road shows in Hyderabad.
He will return on December 5 for a second round of campaign in Karimnagar and Warangal.
Union ministers Nitin Gadkari, Purushottam Rupala and Jual Oram are also campaigning extensively in Telangana.
The BJP leadership knows very well that it cannot win many seats, leave along forming the government in Telangana.
Yet, the party chose to take the elections seriously as it wants to strengthen its base in the state and grow gradually.
It wants to propagate the Hindutva in a big way and turn the youth and educated people towards the saffron party.
Since Telangana has a huge percentage of Muslim population, the BJP sees there is a good chance of polarizing Hindu votes. That is precisely why the BJP top leaders are focusing on attacking MIM and questioning the appeasement politics of the TRS and Congress.
“If not now, the BJP will emerge as a major force to reckon with in the next 10 years,” Shah is learnt to have told the party cadre in Telangana.