Jubilant after Hyderabad result, BJP readies for opposition role

Jubilant after Hyderabad result, BJP readies for opposition role

NEW DELHI: A jubilant BJP celebrated its dramatic success in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation polls as “historic” and appeared to be getting ready to occupy the opposition space should TRS and AIMIM decide to break the stalemate in the municipal body by joining hands and showcase its success in scoring a big breakthrough in a hitherto difficult terrain.
“Historic result for BJP in Hyderabad GHMC polls shows that people support only development agenda. This result reflects people’s support to PM Modi’s development and governance model,” BJP chief JP Nadda said. Party general secretary Bhupendra Yadav, who was the poll in charge for the GHMC polls, ruled out a partnership with TRS to break the deadlock. “We fought against corruption of TRS and the divisive politics of AIMIM,” he said.
The outcome on Friday, which saw BJP pulling off an impressive feat by taking its tally from four to 48, just seven short of TRS, marked another instance of the leadership’s seemingly risky gambit paying off. Home minister Amit Shah and Nadda were convinced that the party’s campaign against “dynasty rule” and “corruption” under TRS and the shrill “secular” rhetoric of AIMIM had created the right climate.
“People attacked BJP for giving undue importance to municipal polls. But we maintained that we are striving for development at all levels of governance and it is the people of Hyderabad who got our message,” he said.
The performances comes in the wake of the party’s success in LS polls when it surprised many by bagging four seats and the embarrassment it inflicted last month on TRS by winning the by-election for an assembly seat which was seen as part of the stronghold of TRS’s “first family”. Juxtaposed with Congress’s meltdown and TDP’s growing diminution, the results can help clear the way for the party to position itself as the main alternative to TRS and take advantage of the “anti-incumbency” sentiment displayed by results in Hyderabad. “Those who branded BJP as a party of the north must take note, BJP is a party of everyone from Kashmir to Kanyakumari,” Yadav said.

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