Malkajgiri wears lightly its tag of the country’s biggest parliamentary constituency. The area, that encompasses parts of Hyderabad, Secunderabad and Medak district, has renowned temples, offices of famous IT companies and a cluster of slums. It is also home to 29 lakh voters.

On April 30, the area will vote for its next parliamentarian. Sarve Satyanarayana, a minister in the Union government, is confident he will be elected MP for a third straight term.

“For the last 10 years, I have been nurturing the constituency, looking after all the needs of the people,” he says.

As his convoy moves through a neighbourhood, residents of an unauthorised colony chase after it, urging the minister to come see where they live. He’s not in the mood. (Also Read: NDTV’s opinion poll: the Telangana forecast)

“You vote for me, and we will see,” he says to them from his open top vehicle.

Malkajgiri is placed at the heart of Telangana, which will be born as India’s 29th state on June 2, but an estimated 40 per cent of its residents are from Seemandhra, the regions that will form the edited Andhra Pradesh.