It does appear to be quite an uphill task for the party to achieve its goal of forming the government in Telangana, given all the antagonism against it.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the ruling party at the Centre, is making all-out efforts to win a majority of the seats in the upcoming Telangana Assembly elections, and thus make another mark in South India, where it is considered weak.
The party failed to make it to power in the Karnataka Assembly elections earlier this year, as it fell short of the required number of seats to form the government. It is therefore extra keen on winning in Telangana. To this effect, the party leadership at Delhi is leaving no stone unturned.
This is seen in its luring leaders of other parties who are disgruntled following their not getting tickets, thus giving an impression that it no longer cares to include only those who subscribe to its ideology. As part of this approach, the party has offered membership and tickets to those who migrated from the TRS, the TDP and the Congress, though these parties are its opponents in the present elections in Telangana. Thus, some former legislators who were highly critical of the BJP and its leadership, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, till recently, have now become staunch supporters of the saffron party and have given tickets to contest the elections.
The BJP is also deploying a large number of union ministers, and even the Prime Minister and the party chief Amit Shah, for campaigning in the state. According to senior BJP leader and former union minister Bandaru Dattatreya, the party is going to be utilizing the services of as many as 40 star campaigners for electioneering in the state.
While being in power at the Centre is a plus point for the BJP in its campaign to win Telangana, there are many negatives it needs to battle, too. Firstly, the people of the two Telugu states are highly disenchanted with the party and the Prime Minister, as there is no representation for these two states in the union council of ministers. The only minister Telangana had in the union cabinet, Bandaru Dattatreya, was dropped unceremoniously without being given any reason when the cabinet was reshuffled the last time. In Andhra Pradesh, after the TDP withdrew its two members from the union cabinet, no one from the BJP was inducted, though the party has two Lok Sabha members from the state. This is considered by some sections of the people as an insult to the Telugu people.
There is also a feeling that South India is not given its due by the BJP leadership. Also, the negative effects of the Centre's measures like demonetization and GST are still being felt by the people, and some of the major promises made by the party on the eve of the last elections have also not been fulfilled.
In the light of all these, it does appear to be quite an uphill task for the party to achieve its goal of forming the government in Telangana.
The BJP is contesting all the 119 Assembly seats in the state.