It seems Team Amit Shah is leaving no stone unturned to defeat AIMIM MP Asaduddin Owaisi in his own bastion i.e. Hyderabad. If Amit Shah’s strategy gives desired results then AIMIM MP Asaduddin Owaisi may lose Hyderabad Lok Sabha seat. According to a report in news agency PTI, the BJP is evolving a strategy to win a majority of Assembly and Lok Sabha seats in Telangana, on the lines of party president Amit Shah’s “Mission 2019” at the national level. Also, the saffron team is working on a plan to defeat Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi, news agency PTI reported quoting a BJP functionary.
What is Mission 80 and how it will defeat Owaisi?
As part of the “Mission 80” strategy, the BJP is eyeing to win 80 of the total 119 Assembly seats and 15 out of 17 Lok Sabha constituencies in the elections, due in 2019, Telangana BJP spokesperson Krishna Saagar Rao said. “The BJP’s central unit is making a plan internally to defeat Owaisi, the three-time Lok Sabha member from Hyderabad and chief of AIMIM, ” Rao added.
Will Hyderabad become the next Deoband for BJP?
“We are working on the anti-incumbency of Asaduddin Owaisi. We strongly believe that voters of Old city (stronghold of AIMIM) are hostage to AIMIM. They don’t have a choice and if they are given a clear cut choice, the entire seven Assembly segments (where AIMIM has MLAs) will vote for that alternative,” Rao told PTI in Hyderabad. “The alternative is what we have achieved in Uttar Pradesh,” he said, noting BJP’s impressive performance in Deoband and other constituencies with significant Muslim population where we won the maximum number of seats without having a (single) Muslim candidate in UP. “Something similar is going to happen (in Hyderabad). We will emerge as a clear alternative to Asaduddin Owaisi and voters of all the seven Assembly segments (where AIMIM has MLAs) will clearly understand that alternative is going to win and they will vote for us. That’s the plan,” he said as per a report in PTI.
“Plan (to beat Owaisi) could be anything…ranging from fielding one of the tall leaders of BJP from elsewhere to anything else. That could be one of the plans,” Rao said.
Reportedly, Amit Shah chaired a meeting last week to chalk out a strategy for ‘Mission 2019’ and on ways to bag more than 350 Lok Sabha seats.
As a part of the strategy, he asked leaders to focus on the 150 seats which the party lost in the 2014 polls.