Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday, 20 November, sought to whip up communal passions in Telangana by exhorting the people to recall that it was because of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel that the Hyderabad state could shake free of the Razakars — the private army of the erstwhile Nizams.
Addressing election rallies at Metpally and Janagaon, the BJP leader said that Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, who was afraid of AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi, was not celebrating the occasion of the liberation of Hyderabad state.
“As soon as the BJP comes to power in the state, Telangana Liberation Day will be celebrated as a state event every year,” he said.
The saffron party leader also promised that the BJP would set up a martyrs’ memorial in Bhairanpally, where Razakars killed 96 Hindu villagers on 27 August, 1948.
The nation's first Home Minister, Sardar Patel, had decided to free Telangana from the Razakars and the Nizams. Whereas, KCR, under the influence of Owaisi, refused to celebrate the Hyderabad Liberation Day.
After the BJP forms government in Telangana, Razakar Vibhishika Smriti… pic.twitter.com/ZmWt8mo6Dx
— BJP (@BJP4India) November 20, 2023
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Taking on ‘family parties’
The Union home minister also said that the people of Telangana should know that the upcoming Assembly elections would decide the future course of India.
They should act with discretion, as any support to the BRS would mean the return to family rule, which had already harmed the state’s interest to a great extent, he said.
Shah said: “The BRS, the Congress, and the AIMIM are family parties, but the BJP is the party of the people of Telangana. If you elect the BJP, you will be freeing the state from the vice-like grip of KCR.”
He also said that only under Prime Minister Narendra Modi would Telangana stand to benefit.
Shah added that Modi had made the people of the country proud by constructing a new Parliament building.
It was under his rule that the nation had emerged as the fifth-largest economic power, said the Union home minister.
The overwhelming turnout at the Uppal roadshow is a testament to the Telangana people's trust in the welfare policies of the Modi government. pic.twitter.com/OzKGCN9h3X
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) November 20, 2023
Lashing out at KCR, Amit Shah said that all those who were involved in scams would be sent to jail after the BJP came to power in the state.
He claimed that the BRS government had descended into a morass of corruption. Mission Bhagairtha, the Outer Ring Road, and the Miyapur land scams were a pointer to the disconcerting trend in the government, he said.
The Union Minister promised that a BJP government would bear the crop insurance premium payable by the farmers and the medical bills of the poor up to ₹10 lakh, besides recruiting youths to government posts.
He said such a government would also make the effort to turn Telangana into the No 1 state in the entire nation.
Later in the evening, Amit Shah held a roadshow in the Uppal Assembly constituency in Hyderabad. There was a huge response to the roadshow.
Flanked by Union minister G Kishan Reddy and the BJP’s Uppal candidate NVSS Prabhakar, Shah wound through the lanes in open vehicles in the constituency.
The BJP workers who turned up in large numbers celebrated the occasion as if it were a festival.