1. Andhra Settlers: Key For TDP
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 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.