Hyderabad: With polling day inching closer, the political heat has soared to unprecedented levels in the city. As campaigning draws to a close on Wednesday, top political parties have started to bring in their star campaigners to draw the attention of voters and brighten the prospects of their candidates. From padayatras, bike rallies, public meetings to road shows, the city is buzzing with activity.
If the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) has Minister KT Rama Rao leading the party’s poll battle into the opposition camps, the massive public meeting addressed by party chief K Chandrashekhar Rao at Parade Grounds provided a new impetus to the party’s campaign.
Having joined hands together to take on the TRS, Congress and Telugu Desam Party, under the umbrella of Mahakutami were relying on their respective chiefs — Rahul Gandhi and N Chandrababu Naidu. If Rahul embarked on his second road show within a week, on Monday, Naidu has been criss-crossing the city addressing a series of poll meetings.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi too was here for a public meeting at LB Stadium got up to drum up support for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) nominees. BJP national chief Amit Shah has already been to the city twice to campaign for the party nominees, while UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was in the city on Sunday. Union Ministers Rajnath Singh and Nitin Gadkari have also been here as part of the saffron party’s campaign.
“It appears as if the entire nation is looking towards Hyderabad and the political war is getting really surcharged,” observed Manohar Reddy, a private employee. Some of the parties have sought to infuse glamour quotient too with Congress roping in actors Nagma, Khushboo and Vijayashanti and its ally the TDP roping in actor and Hindupur MLA N Balakrishna. Former Indian cricket captain Mohd Azharuddin, who was recently appointed as one of the working president of the Telangana Congress, also campaigned for the party.
The enthused workers of the ruling party and also the opposition have joined with gusto as the campaign enters the final lap with more rallies and meets lined up in the next 48 hours.