How KCR manages Seemandhra vote in Telangana
The large presence of Seemandhra voters in Telangana especially in Hyderabad, was an impediment for TRS. But, KCR through his skilful political management and absence of bifurcation eve divide has helped TRS to lure Seemandhra voters. TDP getting marginalised and BJP incurring the wrath of Seemandhra people have further helped TRS and KCR to mobilise Seemandhra vote that can make a difference in many seats in state capital.
The TRS engineered defections in TDP not just to weaken the opposition, but to disturb the Seemandhra vote which solidly rallied behind the TDP which was evident in TDP-BJP combine scoring significant wins in Hyderabad city in 2014.
Besides, TRS co-opted many Seemandhra activists and leaders into the party giving them opportunities in the GHMC elections.
Neither the TRS nor its supremo KCR indulge in bifurcation eve hostile rhetoric that would have estranged Seemandhra voters. On the contrary KCR took every opportunity to send a positive message to voters of Seemandhra origin living in Telangana. The TRS supported the special status demand of Andhra Pradesh and withheld its protest in Parliament in the last week of parliament session in a bid to dispel the impression that TRS is blocking no confidence motion.
Capitalising on the cash for vote scam, KCR successfully neutralised Chandrababu Naidu's presence in Telangana politics.