BJP rises like a phoenix in Nizamabad

Party which fared very poorly in Assembly polls springs a surprise by wresting seat from Kavitha

May 25, 2019 11:29 pm | Updated 11:29 pm IST - NIZAMABAD

Celebration time:  BJP cadre celebrating the party’s victory in Nizamabad Lok Sabha constituency .

Celebration time: BJP cadre celebrating the party’s victory in Nizamabad Lok Sabha constituency .

The BJP’s victory in the Nizamabad Lok Sabha constituency was like a bolt from the blue as the party candidates had lost their deposits in all the seven segments in the Assembly elections held in December last. The party recovered well within a short period of time to wrest the LS seat from the formidable ruling TRS.

The BJP had secured a total of just over 89,000 votes in all the seven segments in the LS constituency in the last Assembly elections. The party candidate and former MLA Yendala Laxminarayana who contested from Nizamabad (Urban) segment had lost his deposit in spite of polling over 24,000 votes. The party’s performance in the other six Assembly segments was also very poor with each candidate getting less than 20,000 votes. In Balkonda Assembly segment, it polled below 3,000 votes in the Assembly election.

Surprisingly, in a short span of time, the party rose like a phoenix from the ashes with party candidate Dharmapuri Arvind wresting the seat from sitting MP Kalvakuntla Kavitha, daughter of Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, by securing 4,73,152 votes and winning with a margin of 70,785 votes.

Besides, a major shift of votes from the Congress to the BJP, the saffron party made inroads into almost all sections this time giving a solid dent to the TRS vote bank.

Unhappy Congressmen

Congress party cadres who were unhappy with their candidate Madhu Yaskhi Goud stayed away from his campaign and also decided to vote for BJP in many villages. Some voted for the farmers who contested in protest against the alleged apathy of the TRS Government towards their demands.

Educated middle class, trading community, North Indians, farmers and even a section of beedi workers seemed to have shifted their allegiance to the BJP. The slogan “One chance to BJP and Modi” seems to have worked in BJP’s favour.

Farmers who benefited under the Rythu Bandhu and loan waiver schemes of the TRS Government decided to vote against Ms. Kavitha as they were unhappy with her for not heeding to their demands on MSP for turmeric, red jowar and other crops.

They were also of the opinion that the TRS failed to keep its promise of establishment of a turmeric board and reopening of Nizam Sugar Factory in Bodhan.

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