A firebrand BJP leader seeking a second term, candidates of the ruling TRS and Congress putting up a spirited challenge and a transgender bursting into the poll fray Goshamahal constituency in the city is truly witnessing an action-packed campaign like never before. But BJP's T Raja Singh Lodh, knowns in many quarters for his "inflammatory" speeches, said his party supporters, along with development works undertaken in the segment, would see him through in the December seven Assembly polls. Singh, who faces over 40 cases, mostly for "hate speeches," had defeated senior Congress leader and former Minister M Mukesh Goud in the 2014 Assembly polls by an impressive margin of over 45,000 votes. Raja Singh is again challenged by Mukesh Goud, along with former legislator Prem Singh Rathore of TRS and Chandramukhi M, a transgender contesting on a CPM-led Bahujan Left front or BLF ticket.
"In the last four-and-half-years, houses, proper roads and drainages have been built, streetlights in every locality under Goshamahal has been provided and sports complexes have been constructed," he claimed. If elected to power, Raja Singh said the BJP would "aim" to rename Hyderabad and other cities in the state after the names of great people. Mukesh Goud and Rathore, on the other hand, also expressed confidence about their victory. Rubbishing the claims on development works by Raja Singh Goud said, "you see the works I did (during his previous stint as a legislator and as a minister) and evaluate." "No one did the works, it is only under me developmental works have happened be it drinking water tanks, community halls, drainage lines. People know this and support me as there is no development in the last four-and-half years," Goud said adding "there is no competition for me I feel.
(After Congress comes to power) We will implement the promises made in the manifesto in Goshamahal constituency at the earliest, he added. They love KCR and I am fully confident all people will vote me," said Rathore, who is also the chairman of Musi River Front Development Corporation. Chandramukhi said, "the government never speaks of welfare schemes for transgenders. We have several problems and my contesting will provide a platform... Some voters feel that the 2018 elections appear to be a tough battle for all the BJP, Congress and TRS candidates. Some said they would vote for BJP as it would be good to take on MIM and added, "BJP is at the Centre, and there is a need to bring the party in Telangana, also it will be good for people. We will support Raja Singh and definitely he will win". Another group of people said Rathore would win this time. While other voters said Mukesh Goud during his tenure as an MLA and Minister did good work in their constituency.