Bharat Jodo, Vote Chhodo? Why Rahul Gandhi’s Yatra Didn’t Translate into Votes in Telangana Bypoll

When a journalist requested Rahul Gandhi at a press convention in Kothur if the Bharat Jodo Yatra would translate into votes for the Congress, the senior chief had replied that the yatra was non-political and its most important intention was to unfold the message of amity.

After the Munugode bypoll outcomes, one can positively say that the yatra didn’t assist the Congress.

In Munugode, their candidate, Palvai Sravanthi, acquired 23,906 votes, which amounted to solely 10.58% of the vote share. That is the second time in a row that the Grand Previous Occasion misplaced its deposit in a bypoll in Telangana.

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Within the Huzurabad bypoll, the Congress candidate managed to seize only one.46% of the vote share. So though the social gathering elevated its vote share, dropping deposit in a constituency, which was as soon as a Congress bastion, is a big blow to the social gathering.

The truth is, Sravanthi is the daughter of the late Congress chief Palvai Govardhan Reddy, who was a four-time MLA from Munugode. Most significantly, the bypoll confirmed the Meeting elections subsequent yr may be a bipolar struggle between the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and Bharatiya Janata Occasion (BJP). One of many goals of the BJP within the bypoll was to ascertain itself as a viable various to the TRS within the state.

MANPOWER CRUNCH?

Sources say the Congress diverted a number of manpower in the direction of the Bharat Jodo Yatra throughout a vital bypoll. So the yatra might need negatively affected the social gathering’s efficiency within the bypoll. Alternatively, the opposite two events didn’t go away something to probability with prime leaders from their events making appearances within the campaigns incessantly.

In August, House Minister Amit Shah held a public assembly in Munugode, signalling that the bypoll was necessary for them. Throughout the course of the marketing campaign, Union minister G Kishan Reddy, BJP state president Bandi Sanjay Kumar, MLAs Eatala Rajender (Huzurabad bypoll winner), M Raghunandan Rao (Dubbaka bypoll winner) and different leaders gave an all-out struggle from the BJP.

From the TRS too, ministers like Okay Taraka Rama Rao, G Jagadish Reddy and T Harish Rao had been seen supporting their candidate, Okay Prabhakar Reddy. Chief minister Okay Chandrasekhar Rao addressed a public assembly within the constituency simply earlier than the marketing campaign ended.

Though TPCC president Revanth Reddy, MP N Uttam Kumar Reddy, Congress Legislature Occasion chief Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka, former minister Mohd Ali Shabbir campaigned for Sravanthi, they’re mentioned to have misplaced focus within the final leg of campaigning that clashed with Rahul Gandhi’s entry in Telangana.

Nevertheless, Sravanthi brushed apart these stories whereas talking to News18. “This can be a delicate matter for me now, however I’ll simply say that I’ve acquired ample help from the social gathering and the management on this election,” she mentioned.

After the ballot outcomes had been introduced, she mentioned she had held her personal in opposition to the 2 ruling events. She additionally identified that her social gathering had shunned shopping for voters with alcohol and liquor, which the rival events had been doing blatantly.

STAR CAMPAIGNER MIA

The continued infighting within the Congress added to the social gathering’s woes. Its star campaigner, Bhongir MP Komatireddy Venkat Reddy, shunned supporting Sravanthi, after he took offence to some remarks made in opposition to him by a Congress chief.

Regardless of Revanth Reddy tendering an apology to him, Venkat Reddy caught to his floor and packed his baggage for Australia.

In one other twist to the drama, a dialog that allegedly came about between the Bhongir MP and a Congress chief was leaked.

Within the file, Venkat Reddy could possibly be heard asking others to help his brother, BJP candidate Komatireddy Raj Gopal Reddy. He was issued a show-cause discover for a similar.

It stays to be seen if Rahul Gandhi’s yatra garners any votes for his social gathering within the 2023 Meeting elections.

As of now, the yatra couldn’t flip wheels in favour of the Congress. The Congress chief additionally got here beneath hearth when he didn’t pay respect to former Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao’s statue on Necklace Street.

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