At Hyderabad intellectual meet, Amit Shah talks about Majlis, KTR, and praises PM Modi government

The Union home minister also attacked the Congress, accusing it of engaging in dynastic politics and perpetrating scams.

BySumit Jha

Published Oct 10, 2023 | 10:46 PMUpdatedOct 10, 2023 | 10:46 PM

At Hyderabad intellectual meet, Amit Shah talks about Majlis, KTR, and praises PM Modi government

After the announcement of the Telangana Legislative Assembly polls on Monday, 9 October, Union Home Minister and BJP leader Amit Shah held his second meeting of the day on Tuesday with intellectuals in Hyderabad.

During the meeting, Shah focused on criticising the Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) and its association with the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM, which he referred to as the “Majlis”), while also praising the Central government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Shah also strongly criticised the possibility of KT Rama Rao, the son of Telangana Chief Minister and BRS chief K Chandrashekar Rao, being suggested for the chief minister’s position in future.

The Union home minister also attacked the Congress, accusing it of engaging in dynasty politics.

Former AP chief secretary IYR Krishna Rao, former AP DGP SK Jayachandra, and former vice-chancellor of Osmania University Prof T Tirupati Rao were also present on the stage along with Shah at the meeting.

Earlier in the day, the Union home minister focused on attacking both the Congress and the BRS party in his narrative at a rally in the Adilabad district.

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Dredging the past

Amit Shah started his speech at the intellectuals’ meeting by delving into the past and talking about the events that happened prior to 2014.

“Let’s rewind 10 years to 2013. At that time, the UPA government, led by the Congress, had been in power for a decade, and dynastic politics was prevalent. In 2013, the country was rife with dissatisfaction,” he said.

“There was uncertainty about the future, widespread corruption amounting to ₹12 lakh crore, and a series of scandals, which had eroded public trust. Various corruption cases were surfacing, involving institutions such as the Supreme Court, high courts, and the vigilance commission. There were concerns about the collapse of the system and national security,” he added.

He added that in Delhi, the safety of women was a grave concern, internal security was in disarray, and terrorists from Pakistan were infiltrating the country, launching attacks, and beheading soldiers.

Shah added that Manmohan Singh, the then-prime minister, seemed passive and unresponsive, with no tangible progress.

“India’s global reputation was on the decline. The youth were discontented, women felt unsafe, and industrialists were dissatisfied. Delegations from other countries found it challenging to secure time for discussions with Indian representatives,” he claimed.

“Now, we’ve witnessed a transformation in India’s global standing, evident in the recent G20 summit. Every Indian felt a sense of pride. Whether it’s addressing issues like global warming, environmental concerns, the solar alliance, green energy, or counterterrorism, the world looks to India for leadership,” said Shah.

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Praise for Modi politics

Amit Shah said that before 2014, India’s economy was in turmoil due to policy paralysis. During Atal Behari Vajpayee’s tenure, India was in the 11th position economically.

“Manmohan Singh’s government could only maintain this ranking. However, under Narendra Modi’s leadership, India has surged to the fifth position in nine years, with the expectation of becoming the third-largest economy in just three more years. This is a testament to visionary policies and leadership,” he said.

Shah added that foreign policy and national security were previously marred by confusion. Modi’s government has clarified India’s foreign policy, emphasising a desire for good relations with the world while prioritising border security and the safety of Indian citizens.

“With forward-thinking industrial policies, India is leading the way in sectors that will shape the economy for the next 25 years, including solar energy, electric vehicles, green hydrogen, drone technology, and space science. India is on track to become a major global economy, fostering numerous unicorn startups and providing a platform for the youth to compete internationally,” he said.

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Attack on dynasty

Amit Shah said that the transformation of the country in the last nine years had been possible due to a visionary leader, who understands the aspirations of the people, and the BJP, a party that operates on principles.

“In contrast, KCR’s party should announce its principles and policies, if any exist. Its goals seem unclear, from saving Kavitha from jail to appointing KTR as chief minister. It appears to be dynastic and does not promote democracy. In a party lacking internal democracy, one cannot expect it to utilise the democratic platform to benefit the people; instead, their focus is on their own families,” Shah said.

“I urge the people of Telangana to consider who they want to shape the future of their state. The steering of Telangana should be in the hands of a nationalist party that prioritises the well-being of the state, not in the hands of a party the steering of whose car is with the Majlis,” he added.

Whether it’s the Telangana election in 2023 or the Lok Sabha election in 2024, the people of the state must decide who they want to entrust their state and country with.

“Do they want to choose a party that prioritises family interests or the one that focuses on the welfare of the nation, a party associated with a ₹12-lakh-crore corruption scandal or the one with a clean record?” he asked.

He added that surgical strikes, once the domain of countries such as the USA and Israel, have now been added to India’s achievements under Narendra Modi’s leadership.

Shah said that a party that operates on principles has made all of this possible. India is now the second-largest manufacturer, third-largest in startups, and fourth in green energy.

This transformation represents the politics of performance, where leaders prioritise the next generation over dynastic politics, said Shah.

“As we celebrate 17 September as Hyderabad Liberation Day, it’s important to note that while KCR may want to celebrate it as a state day, the Modi government has decided to celebrate it at the parade ground and in every village. Appeasement politics is not the way to bring progress to the people. The luck of Telangana lies in focusing on the development of the state rather than playing politics for votes,” he said.

Finally, Shah said, “When you vote for KCR, you are essentially voting for the Majlis. Likewise, a vote for the Congress may result in corruption. If you want to break free from such influences and ensure corruption-free governance that benefits Telangana, make a thoughtful choice in the upcoming elections.”

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