HYDERABAD: The TRS leadership, which seems to have succeeded so far in making its one-time rival TDP a “nonentity” in the state by engineering defections from it, has now turned its attention to people belonging to weaker sections who are considered to be the traditional vote-bank of the TDP in the state.
The ruling party wants to derive the maximum political mileage from the recently-introduced welfare measures such as distribution of sheep to shepherds, setting up of hygienic laundries for washermen, financial aid to Nayee Brahmins to set up modern salons, supply of modern equipment to toddy-tappers and waiver of loans taken by weavers.
In order to extensively publicise the novel welfare schemes for people of all communities which constitute the weaker sections of society such as Yadavas, Rajakas, Nayee Brahmins and Gouds, the TRS leadership has decided to organise public meetings exclusively with people belonging to one particular caste at a time. The meetings are being planned to woo the people belonging to the respective social community into the ruling party fold.
As part of this strategy, the Pink party leadership has decided to organise a public meeting with Yadavas and Kurumas in Hyderabad soon. Later, the party will hold several such meetings across the state by mobilising people belonging to every other backward class, who make their living by taking up traditional occupations in villages.
To woo Yadavs and Kurumas, the CM will lay the foundation stone of a community hall for the Yadavas at Budvel on outskirts of Hyderabad in the first week of December. The government wants to construct the hall by spending `5 crore.
According to sources, Chief Minister and TRS supremo K Chandrasekhar Rao asked his party leaders to take steps to extensively publicise the welfare schemes being implemented for the respective community people. “As a majority of BCs are still considered as the vote bank of TDP, the chief minister is firm on wooing these electors to our party side by publicising the new welfare measures introduced for people of these castes who depend on hereditary professions,” the sources disclosed.