Throughout the election campaign, the Congress focused on promoting six specific guarantees, which garnered positive responses from the public. KCR, KTR, and Harish Rao from BRS criticized these guarantees. Surprisingly, this criticism inadvertently led to KCR and associates endorsing and highlighting the same six guarantees proposed by the Congress.
As the election campaign approaches its conclusion in the coming week, Congress candidates have initiated a novel approach by providing written bonds to signify their commitment to implementing the six guarantees. Issuing a bond is a formal, written promise to uphold specific commitments. Traditionally, political assurances were made during public meetings, with manifestos released separately. However, there was often a lack of accountability for promises made in public.
The Congress has taken a different path by formally announcing and signing these six guarantees in the form of written bonds. In the past week, numerous candidates have signed such bonds and distributed them to the electorate, reinforcing their commitment in written form. This unique approach has generated a positive response among the people and has become a focal point of discussion among BRS leaders in recent weeks.
The backdrop of the previous election, where promises related to farmers’ loan waivers, job placements, and welfare for Dalit, minority, and BC communities were not fully realized, has fueled discussions in the BRS. There is a growing trend of people drawing comparisons between the promises made by KCR and the written bonds presented by the Congress. The innovative bond campaign introduced by the Congress is instigating concerns among ruling party candidates that it may significantly impact public sentiment.
Drawing a parallel, Dharmapuri Arvind, who previously contested as the Nizamabad MP, successfully implemented a bond-related promise, indicating its potential influence. As the Congress extends this bond initiative across Telangana, its impact on public perception and electoral outcomes remains a topic of increasing concern and discussion among ruling party candidates in the region.