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Telangana BJP Prez Laxmans election fight generates interest

Press Trust of India  |  Hyderabad 

At a time when the BJP is hoping to bolster its strength in polls and emerge as an alternative to ruling TRS and Congress, the contest in segment here from where the Amit Shah-led party's state K is seeking re-election has generated considerable interest.

And it's not without reason.

Contesting for the first time in 1994, he lost in the segment, won in 1999 but lost in 2004 and 2009.

But in 2014 (when the BJP had an electoral pact with the N Chandrababu Naidu-led TDP), he was victorious with a margin of 27,386 votes against his TRS rival M Gopal.

BJP is going alone in the December seven polls, and Laxman, who had his grooming in BJP's student wing ABVP and joined the party in 1980, is confident that he would win again.

The TRS, led by caretaker Chief K Chandrasekhar Rao, has again fielded Gopal, while M is the nominee in this urban constituency with an electorate of nearly 2.7 lakh people, largely from the middle-class, minorities and poor sections of society.

A soft-spoken leader, 62-year-old holds a Ph.D in geology from the in

He rose through the ranks and became the of BJP in in 1995.

counts construction of houses for poor, establishment of a major training and skill development centre (that provided employment to youth belonging backward sections in a big way) and strengthening educational facilities among his achievements.

He alleged non-cooperation by the TRS government but said he has always tried to put his best foot forward.

"Apart from that, I have protected the (a major stadium in the city) when our CM (K Chandrasekhar Rao) wanted the stadium to be converted into a cultural auditorium; and into a lake (for immersion of Ganesh idols as part of Vinayaka Chaviti festivities)," Laxman told

Alleging that the culture of consuming alcohol and others spread in during the TRS rule, he said BJP alone can save Hyderabad, in addition to fighting the MIM.

Anil Kumar Yadav, of Youth in Telangana, is contesting the Assembly poll for the first time, and has been reaching out to voters, holding 'padayatras'.

"There are many problems in the localities of and people are telling us about them.

They are welcoming a young candidate like me," Yadav said.

During the campaign, he had also alleged that there is an understanding between the BJP and TRS.

"TRS is trying to make BJP win," he had claimed.

and cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu and Chief N Chandrababu Naidu campaigned in support of Yadav in this week.

The has forged an alliance with the TDP, and the for the December seven Assembly election.

Yadav, son of former from Secunderabad M Anjan Kumar Yadav, is also relying on the influence of his father.

Musheerabad falls under Secunderabad Lok Sabha constituency.

The TRS nominee Gopal is banking on the welfare schemes being implemented by the TRS government.

"They (voters) are telling how schemes like senior citizens getting pensions benefitted them and that makes us happy," he had said during the campaign.

TRS leader and K T Rama Rao, son of party president K Chandrasekhar Rao, campaigned in Musheerabad in support of Gopal on Tuesday.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, December 05 2018. 13:00 IST