BJP's national president Amit Shah will spend three days in Telangana to chalk out a strategy for the 2019 Lok Sabha and assembly elections. The BJP, which is confident about winning in Karnataka next year is looking to increase its reach in South India. In Andhra Pradesh, the party is in an alliance with the TDP.
The BJP will look to replicate the Uttar Pradesh formula in Telangana as well. It would want to polarise the Hindu votes and split the Muslim votes which is normally claimed by the Telangana Rashtra Samithi, the MIM and the Congress.
The BJP had adopted a similar formula in UP and feels that it may work in Telangana as well. The BJP would look to bag a majority of the seats in Telangana on its own. The strategy being chalked out would focus largely on opposing the 12 per cent quota for Muslims given by the Telangana government. This would provide the BJP a plank to kickstart its campaign and polarise the Hindu votes in its favour.
The BJP would rope in the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad to drive across this message. The quota would primarily affect the students and hence the message needs to come from their student's wing. Several programmes speaking about such issues will be held in the run up to the elections.