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LS polls: Will AIMIM gamble pay-off for Telangana Congress?

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LS polls: Will AIMIM gamble pay-off for Telangana Congress?

Hyderabad, June 1 : In a surprising political development during the recent Lok Sabha elections, the Congress party and the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) have shown a newfound camaraderie in Telangana. This alignment marks a significant shift, as the AIMIM, traditionally known for its strategic alliances with ruling parties, appears to be leaning towards the Congress, moving away from its previous support for the Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS).

A notable moment highlighting this shift occurred on the final day of election campaigns, when AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi urged Muslim voters to support Congress candidates in several constituencies. This endorsement has raised eyebrows and stirred debate within political circles.

Concerns and Potential Backlash:

Consolidation of Hindu Votes:Some Congress leaders worry that Owaisi’s endorsement might inadvertently galvanize Hindu voters against the Congress, potentially driving them towards the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). This could lead to the BJP winning a significant number of seats in Telangana, with predictions suggesting they could secure up to eight seats.

Internal Dissent: A faction within the Congress has expressed reservations about this unofficial alliance with the AIMIM. They fear that overt association with the AIMIM could alienate a broader voter base and backfire politically. These leaders had preferred a more discreet, tactical support from the AIMIM rather than a public endorsement.

Strategic Implications:

shift in Alliances:The AIMIM’s pivot towards the Congress signals a notable shift in the regional political landscape. Traditionally allied with ruling entities, the AIMIM’s support for the Congress suggests a reevaluation of its strategic alliances.

Impact on BRS: The shift away from BRS indicates changing dynamics in Telangana politics, potentially weakening BRS’s influence in the state.This unexpected alliance underscores the complex and often unpredictable nature of electoral politics in India, where strategic decisions can have far-reaching implications for all parties involved. The full impact of this development will unfold as the election results come in and political strategies are reassessed in light of the outcomes.

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