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Congress Party's Battle for Telangana Elections 2023: Strengths, Weaknesses, and More

  • Posted on October 13, 2023
  • Politics
  • By TSW NEWS DESK
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In Telangana, the Congress party is embarking on an arduous journey to regain political supremacy, facing an uphill battle since losing power to the BRS (formerly TRS) in 2014, even though it spearheaded the creation of a separate Telangana state. The Congress party, beleaguered by the defeat in 2014, witnessed the exodus of prominent leaders, leaving it in a state of disarray. However, the appointment of A Revanth Reddy as TPCC president and MP in July 2021 reignited hope within the party despite a string of electoral setbacks in by-polls and Hyderabad civic body elections over the past three years.

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In Telangana, the Congress party is embarking on an arduous journey to regain political supremacy, facing an uphill battle since losing power to the BRS (formerly TRS) in 2014, even though it spearheaded the creation of a separate Telangana state. The Congress party, beleaguered by the defeat in 2014, witnessed the exodus of prominent leaders, leaving it in a state of disarray. However, the appointment of A Revanth Reddy as TPCC president and MP in July 2021 reignited hope within the party despite a string of electoral setbacks in by-polls and Hyderabad civic body elections over the past three years.

The recent victory of the Congress in the Karnataka assembly polls and the nationwide Bharat Jodo Yatra led by Rahul Gandhi have infused fresh energy into the party, galvanizing both the cadre and the leadership in preparation for the November 30 elections.

Let's delve into a SWOT analysis of the Congress party:

Strengths:

  • Congress played a pivotal role in the creation of the Telangana state during its rule at the Centre.
  • General sympathy due to the party's consecutive losses in 2014 and 2018, despite granting statehood to Telangana.
  • Growing anti-incumbency sentiment against the long-standing BRS party.
  • Attractive poll promises akin to those successfully implemented in neighboring Karnataka.
  • A robust grassroots-level cadre.
  • The party's reputation as a secular entity.
  • Early commencement of candidate selection, giving them a head start.
  • Padayatra (foot march) by senior leaders to reconnect with the grassroots.

Weaknesses:

  • Persistent internal dissent and public criticism of party leaders.
  • Trailing behind BRS and BJP in political acumen.
  • The loss of several significant leaders over time.

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Opportunities:

  • A decade-long anti-incumbency wave against the ruling BRS.
  • The ability to capitalize on allegations against Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao's daughter, K Kavitha, in the Delhi Excise Police scam case.
  • Highlighting flaws in the Dharani government land management portal during the campaign.
  • Advocating for popular guarantees, such as free RTC bus travel for women.

Threats:

  • The silent campaign by R S Praveen Kumar, a former IPS officer from the BSP, could erode Congress's traditional SC and ST vote base.
  • The potential influence of AIMIM in deterring Muslim voters from supporting Congress.

In the forthcoming election, the Congress party strives to leverage its strengths and seize the opportunities presented by anti-incumbency and pressing issues while working to address its internal weaknesses and counter the threats that loom on the political horizon.

 

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