TRS has become wary ever since the defeat in the Dubbaka by-election. To not give a chance to the BJP, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao has been showering sops on constituencies that are going to by-elections. He has taken that to the next level in the Huzurabad by-election.
Huzurabad has 50,000 Dalit votes and to woo them, the state government all of sudden announced the Telangana Dalit Bandhu scheme which gives Rs 10 lakh per family. The scheme seems to be brought only to woo the voters in Huzurabad. Sources say that there are 21,000 beneficiaries only in the constituency.
That means Telangana Government would need only 2,100 Crore Rupees for a single constituency. Even though the government says it is a scheme for the entire state, many actually believe that it will be scrapped after the Huzurabad by-election.
Meanwhile, there are demands in certain constituencies asking the sitting TRS MLAs to resign so that KCR will extend the scheme to the Dalits of those constituencies as well. Here is a picture of banners with such a demand in the Illendu and Bhuvanagiri constituencies. Opposition parties are making most of it.
We do not know how this scheme will be able to lure the voters of Huzurabad. But it has become a big headache for TRS MLAs.