It is still 20 months to go for the next general elections in Telangana, but the Bharatiya Janata Party has decided to start preparations well in advance. Though not exactly in the form of an election campaign, the BJP leadership is preparing a calendar of programmes for the coming days to active the cadre and reach out to the maximum number of people.
The first campaign will be kicked off from September 17, the day on which the then Hyderabad State was merged with the Indian Union and the BJP wants to observe it as Hyderabad Liberation Day. As a prelude to the September 17 programme, the senior BJP leaders led by party state unit chief K Laxman will undertake ‘Telangana Vimochana Yatra’ from September 1 to September 7 across Telangana to exert pressure on the government to celebrate Hyderabad Liberation Day as a state function.
The party leaders will embark on the proposed yatra, after paying tributes to Telangana martyrs at Gunpark here on September 1. The yatra will pass through all historic places such as Gundrampally in Nalgonda where local people had made sacrifices in the Telangana Peasants Armed Struggle against draconian Nizam rule, by laying down their lives.
Various Union ministers and BJP national leaders will too intermittently attend the yatra and address public meetings. After holding the yatra, BJP leaders and cadre will organise dharnas in front of collectorates in each district headquarters on September 8. On September 17, the BJP workers will hoist the national flag all over the state. A public meeting will be held on the same day in Hyderabad which will be attended by Union Home minister Rajnath Singh.
Subsequently, the BJP leadership is planning to come out with a series of programmes till the elections.