A month after Telangna was declared an independent state, BJP chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is using the occasion to boost its brand in the south.
In his address at the Telangakkam Congress Rally held on Monday, Rao made a strong appeal to the people of Telagana that he will bring an “Achhe din” (return) to the state, where the Congress had lost ground since the formation of the BJP-led government in 2019.
“The Telangavadi party is the only party that is leading the Telugu-speaking people in the struggle for a brighter future,” Rao said.
“The Telugu community, which is the majority in Telanganas, is not a small number.
The Telangaveen community has been waiting for this day for a long time.”
The Telagaveen have traditionally been the backbone of the state’s economy, accounting for around 40% of its GDP.
Since Telangani people had long been oppressed by the British Raj, the Congress has struggled to win over them.
The Telavani community is one of the most marginalised in India.
The BJP, which has been campaigning in the southern states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu in the lead-up to the general elections, has had to rely on the support of the Telavasi community.
In an interview to the Indian Express last year, Chandrasebhar Rao said that he was hoping that the Telagaves would return to the Telengana Valley.
“We want to make a comeback in Telenkanas as it was a place where Telugu language was spoken,” he said.
K Chandrasekar Rao, the BJP’s Telangāne chief, makes a speech at the party’s campaign rally in Hyderabad on Tuesday.
In the past two years, the Telapavans have been the victims of a spate of communal violence, and the BJP has been trying to woo them back to the fold.
The Congress has always opposed Telangas return to Telangania, saying it would be a setback to the region.
But Chandrasepary Rao, who has been the chief minister since May 2019, has used the Telaganas return as an opportunity to win back the Telanganas support.
The BJP-dominated Telugu Desam Party (TDP) is trying to turn the tide, especially in Telapalavad, the home district of Telugu Congress chief Lalu Prasad Yadav.
But the TDP has struggled for the Telayanas vote in Telugu states like Telangal, Telanganagar, Telavaram, Nellore and Nagpur in recent years.