Hyderabad: BJP has fielded Syed Shahezadi, a woman Muslim candidate, to take on All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen top leader Akbaruddin Owaisi from Chandrayangutta constituency in Hyderabad in the December 7 Assembly polls.

Shahezadi was a leader of ABVP, BJP's students' wing, before making her electoral foray.

In an interview with The Indian Express, BJP Telangana chief K Laxman said Syed has a lot of potential. “She is a firebrand leader and will be apt candidate to take on Akbaruddin,” he said. 
After her appointment, Syed said that Muslims have moved beyond religion and will vote for jobs and development and the AIMIM has failed to provide any of these in last few decades and she said people vote for Owaisis out of fear.
Akbaruddin Owaisi, younger brother of party president Asaduddin Owaisi, is a political heavyweight.
He has been elected to the Assembly in 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014. He was the floor leader of his party in the recently dissolved first Telangana Assembly.
The BJP released its second list of 28 candidates Friday.
BJP, which is going it alone in the elections to the 119-member assembly, earlier released its first list of 38 candidates on October 20.