Te­lan­gana par­ties woo Gulf mi­grants for up­com­ing polls

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Htnation - Srini­vasa Rao Ap­pa­rasu let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Thou­sands of Te­lan­gana labour­ers who have mi­grated to the Gulf coun­tries over the years to earn their liveli­hood could be hold­ing the key, di­rectly or in­di­rectly, in the December 7 elec­tions in the state.

Most of th­ese mi­grants are from the north­ern Te­lan­gana districts of Karim­na­gar, Jagi­tial, Siri­cilla, Ped­da­palli, Nir­mal, Medak and Nizam­abad. They have gone to Dubai, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Ara­bia and Bahrain in search of work. How­ever, there is no ex­act data avail­able with the govern­ment on the num­ber of peo­ple from Te­lan­gana who have been liv­ing in the Gulf coun­tries.

Now that it is elec­tion sea­son, po­lit­i­cal par­ties are again woo­ing the Gulf mi­grants and their fam­i­lies in Te­lan­gana, mak­ing all sorts of prom­ises for their wel­fare. “Though many of them have vot­ing rights in their con­stituen­cies back home, they can­not re­turn due to il­le­gal visa is­sues and other fac­tors. But po­lit­i­cal lead­ers spon­sor the visit of those who can come to In­dia for vot­ing,” said Patkuri Bas­anth Reddy, pres­i­dent of the as­so­ci­a­tion Te­lan­gana Gulf Mi­grants Wel­fare and Cul­tural As­so­ci­a­tion.

“There are at least 3-3.5 mil­lion vot­ers who are di­rectly or in­di­rectly re­lated to th­ese mi­grants. The po­lit­i­cal par­ties are now try­ing to pam­per them by mak­ing all sorts of prom­ises,” Reddy added.

Te­lan­gana PCC pres­i­dent N Ut­tam Ku­mar Reddy, along with AICC-gen­eral sec­re­tary R C Khuntia and oth­ers, vis­ited the labour camps in the Alqouz area of Dubai on Fri­day and in­ter­acted with the mi­grant work­ers.


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