As the Telangana elections draw near, the political landscape is charged with debates over the impact of minority voters. In more than 50 constituencies, minority votes play a major role.
Every constituency has a minimum of 2 to 3 lakh minority voters, while a constituency like Serlingampally has 7 lakh minority voters.
In key constituencies like Old City, where almost 50% of voters belong to minorities, the MIM candidates are currently leading. The BJP, in response, is making efforts to sway Hindu votes in these constituencies.
In more than 30 constituencies across Telangana, the minority vote is poised to be a deciding factor in candidate victories. The old city of Hyderabad strongly favors the Majlis party, leaving 30 constituencies to determine the ruling party. Historically aligned with Congress, minority votes have shifted towards the BRS, indicating changing political dynamics.
The discourse in these elections openly revolves around caste and religious considerations. Major parties are actively courting votes based on these factors, with the Congress announcing a minority declaration that has faced criticism from the BJP and BRS. Asaduddin Owaisi of the Majlis has urged minorities to support their ally, BRS.
Candidates are not only campaigning on promises for towns and villages but are increasingly focusing on community and religious affiliations. In constituencies like Jubilee Hills, Rajendra Nagar, and Nizamabad Urban, Muslim minority votes are crucial, prompting the Congress to field former cricketer Azharuddin in Jubilee Hills.
The dynamics of caste and religious considerations are intricately woven into the electoral fabric, making the upcoming Telangana Assembly elections on November 30 a closely watched battleground where minority voters may hold the key to the final results.