Riyadh: All major parties are paying special attention to Telangana NRIs living in the Gulf as they are believed to have some effect on the winning prospects of some candidates in the State.
For the last couple of years, NRIs have been extending their support to the TRS. Of late, the Congress is also wooing State NRIs in the region. Top leaders of both the TRS and the Congress have also visited the region to solicit their support. Nizamabad MP K Kavitha, whose voluntary organisation — Telangana Jagruthi — has chapters in the six-nation block of GCC, has strong cadre and following across the Gulf.
A large number of NRIs, particularly from Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, are already in Telangana to campaign for the party. “A majority of NRIs have expressed their full confidence in the leadership of the TRS,” Mozzam Ali Ifteqar, a Jeddah-based NRI, told Telangana Today.
Mozzam Ali, who took a special leave from his job to travel back home to campaign for the TRS in Sangareddy, says it’s not NRIs but their dependents in Telangana who play a vital role in elections.
The NRI community is actively engaged in a social media campaign in support of the TRS. “Chalo and Hello Telangana” campaign was launched in Kuwait on Friday.
“We have enlisted a group of volunteers for an NRI-calling programme. After their work, our volunteers start calling voters, answer their queries, and tell them how important it is to elect the TRS,” says Abhilasha Godishala, a campaign coordinator in Kuwait.
The Congress, which is a new entrant in the Gulf, is struggling to muster the support of TNRIs. “We have been visiting major labour camps in Dubai, Sharjah and Ras Al Khamia,” said S Venu Reddy of Congress NRI cell in Dubai.
He said the Congress volunteers in UAE were campaigning aggressively for the party’s victory in Nizamabad, Karimnagar districts — which locals in Telangana call it a Gulf Belt. Venu said there was overwhelming support for the party as it had promised a very lucrative and pragmatic plan for NRIs.