Here’s all you need to know about the upcoming Telangana Assembly elections.
Here’s all you need to know about the upcoming Telangana Assembly elections.(Photo: Kamran/The Quint)
  • 1. Andhra Settlers: Key For TDP
  • 2. Undecided Muslim Voters
  • 3. Owaisi’s AIMIM and TRS
  • 4. The Agitated, but Divided Dalit Votes
  • 5. KCR: Autocrat vs Only Certain CM Candidate
  • 6. Welfare Schemes Vs Original Promises
Settlers, Muslims & Other Deciding Factors in Telangana Election

As the youngest state in country goes to poll on 7 December, there are several factors that will play key role in deciding the outcome of the election. While consolidation of the Andhra settlers’ votes is key for the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), an unofficial alliance with Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM is key for Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao’s (popularly known as KCR) Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) for Muslim votes.

The Quint explains the key factors which will affect the election outcome in Telangana.

  • 1. Andhra Settlers: Key For TDP

    Here’s all you need to know about the upcoming Telangana Assembly elections.
    Chandrababu Naidu campaigning in Old Hyderabad region ahead of Telangana elections. 
    Photo: Facebook/Chandrababu Naidu

    Andhra settlers in Telangana are one of the biggest vote banks for the TDP. The settlers constitute around 20 percent of Telangana’s population and the community is a consolidated vote bank.

    The settlers, however, are concentrated in the Old Hyderabad region of the state, which consists of parts of Hyderabad city and Ranga Reddy district, forming close to 30 percent of the population in these areas.

    The Old Hyderabad region has 27 Assembly constituencies. Seven among these 27 are considered strongholds of the AIMIM led by Asaduddin Owaisi, which leaves 20 seats for a three-way fight between the Opposition alliance, the TRS and the BJP.

    Twelve of these 27 seats had gone to the TDP and the Congress in the 2014 elections, which gives the Opposition alliance hopes of increasing their vote share in the region. As AIMIM has managed to consolidate support in their seven seats over the years, the alliance is hoping to eat into the five seats held by the BJP and two held the TRS.

    Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandra Babu Naidu had campaigned actively in the region to appeal to the settlers.

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