Ahead of Hyderabad municipal election set to happen next week, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has been campaigning in the southern state to ensure as many votes as possible. Amid the election fiasco, BJP has blamed the “nefarious alliance” of the ruling TRS and Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM for the underdevelopment. As part of other election promises the party in its bid to gain votes has declared that they could rename Hyderabad to Bhagyanagar if it won.
Yogi Adityanath while addressing a rally said that some people asked him if Hyderabad can be renamed as Bhagyanagar. He further said that since Faizabad was changed to Ayodhya and Allahabad to Prayagraj after BJP came into power, renaming Hyderabad too doesn’t seem like a distant dream. While pitching for a civic poll most politicians focus on infrastructure and development whilst the UP Chief Minister preached the party’s tried-and-tested election mantra. Early on Karnataka MP Tejasvi Surya hummed similar notes when he called Mr Owaisi an “avatar of Mohammad Ali Jinnah” thus propagating the idea of highly instilled nationalism.
This poll involves the election of a mayor and the key issues of the area are the supply of water, power, and electricity to the city’s almost 10 million people. However, the BJP campaign has been more about controversial comments on allegations of Rohingya infiltrators and a Hindu-Muslim narrative as well as of nationalism. Meanwhile, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, also held a rally today and referred to CM Yogi as an “outsider” while warning and urging voters to “save this city”. He also held a public meeting today and appealed to all the sections to maintain peace in the city so business and economy may prosper.
In the last municipal election, the BJP had secured only four seats, while the TRS claimed 99 and had an easy win. Voting for the 150 wards in the city will be held on December 1, while the results are expected to come by December 4.
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