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BJP gears up to intensify ‘Mission South’ to oust ‘parivarvaadi’ regional parties from power | India News


New Delhi: After the NDA government under the leadership of Narendra Modi came to power at the Centre in 2014, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won various states including those in northeast India and now the party is striving hard to make inroads into southern states where except Karnataka. It has so far failed to emerge as a major player and traditionally regional parties run the show in these southern states. 

Focussing on the southern states, the BJP recently organised its national executive committee meeting in Hyderabad, the home turf of K Chandrashekar Rao`s Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) which has won back-to-back Assembly elections in Telangana since its formation in 2014. With the nomination of four people from southern states– Iconic composer Ilaiyaraaja, celebrated athlete PT Usha, Indian philanthropist Veerendra Heggade and screenwriter V Vijayendra Prasad Garu, the BJP has also got elected the party’s Telangana leader Dr K Laxman to the Rajya Sabha, thereby, intensifying its “Mission South”.

Dr Laxman, who is currently the national president of BJP`s OBC Morcha, told ANI on Sunday that said several regional parties are in power in south India but they are working only in the interest of their families, adding “Recently, BJP nominated 4 renowned people from different regions to Rajya Sabha because the government wants the development of South India. BJP is paying attention to political developments in South India.” 

“Several regional parties are in power there. Regional parties are working only in the interest of their families. People are emotionally attached to their grassroots and supporting regional parties. They know that these regional parties are indulging in corruption. PM Modi wants the development of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana,” ANI quoted Laxman as saying.

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 The latter accused the state governments in south India ruled by Opposition parties of stalling the Central government`s public welfare schemes, adding “These state governments are completely involved in parivarvaad (dynasty politics) and corruption. There is a dire need to put an end to all this.” 

Dr Laxman further said, “The desire of the Bharatiya Janata Party and PM Modi to drive away negativity in the society. All the communities including the minorities play an important part of our society and we collectively have to work continuously for development.”

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The BJP leader pointed out that the party has been continuously trying to increase its penetration in the southern region since its formation in 1980, and added, “It is the result of the party`s continuous efforts that Karnataka has now become a strong stronghold of the BJP. That`s why BJP is focusing on other southern states like Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.”

Stating that the BJP believes that YSRCP, TRS, DMK, and CPI (M) promote dynasty politics and work only for the interest of their families, Laxman said that no one is focused on the development of the people and the development in these states.

Highlighting that the BJP aims to win the upcoming Telangana Assembly polls, he told ANI, “BJP has not been able to do much in Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Tamil Nadu despite its best efforts. Karnataka and Telangana will have assembly elections in 2023. Like in Karnataka, BJP is trying to taste power in Telangana as well. That`s why BJP is putting its full force in Telangana.” 

Notably, the BJP is hoping to improve its performance in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Karnataka and Kerala in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls. In the recently concluded national executive committee meeting in Hyderabad, the BJP also came out with a political resolution to attack dynastic politics.,

(With ANI Inputs)

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