Hyderabad: The aggressive approach of the BJP in the state has forced the Congress to hit the roads too in a bid to demonstrate that it is still the main Opposition party to contend with and the real challenge to the TRS. The Congress is trying of stave off the BJP, which has now started to claim that it is the viable alternative to the ruling party. This has led to the creation of a fierce competition between the two opposition parties to attack the TRS government.
After a debilitating defeat in the Assembly elections in December last year, the state Congress had confined itself to merely issuing statements and did not take up any programme against the government on the ground.
In contrast, after winning an unprecedented four Lok Sabha seats, the BJP launched a scathing attack on the government, and intensified the process of admitting leaders from other parties.
BJP working president J.P. Nadda visited Hyderabad recently and held a public meeting, in which he accused Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao of indulging in massive corruption in the Kaleshwaram project and the Haritha Haram programme. Senior BJP leaders from the Centre and various states are also visiting Hyderabad frequently.
After losing most of its legislators to the ruling party, with its party legislative leader losing the status of leader of opposition (LoP), the Congress was rattled by the prospect of losing even its de facto Opposition party standing in the politics of the state and revised its strategy.