Hitherto, Bharatiya Janata Party is confined mostly to Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy districts and some pockets of north-Telangana. It has not been able to grow beyond it over the years.
Obviously, it is not enough if the BJP wants to emerge as a potential alternative to the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi in Telangana by 2019 elections.
Sometime back, a senior BJP leader who reviewed the party’s strength in Telangana was surprised to know that it does not have even 40 leaders who are known across the state.
It shows the party does not have enough candidates to fight the elections in Telangana in 2019, leave alone dreaming of coming to power.
Apparently realising this weakness, BJP national president Amit Shah is coming to Telangana on a three-day visit to guide the party to become a strong alternative to the TRS.
The first point on his agenda is to see that the BJP gets enough number of visible faces across the state. For that, it has to lure prominent leaders from other parties into the BJP, promising them good posts and money in the coming years.
Sources said the BJP president is eying some senior Congress leaders from north Telangana districts who have the potential to fight the elections and credibility among the people.
Since the Congress leadership is weak, Amit Shah is of the view that if offered goodies, there may be exodus of the leaders from the Congress.
Besides, he also reportedly asked the party leaders to identify potential leaders from the TDP and also disgruntled leaders of the TRS. So, by next elections, the party should not face any dearth of the leaders.