Amit Shah launches election campaign in Hyderabad
In a major policy announcement BJP President Amit Shah has, on Saturday, ruled out any alliance with the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) for the coming state assembly polls and said that the TRS owed an explanation to the people for imposing additional expenditure by going for early elections.
Responding to a question at a press conference in Hyderabad, Shah, said PM Narendra Modi’s praise of Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao during his speech in Parliament was in a different context and it cannot be interpreted as an understanding between the two parties. Shah was in town to launch the party’s election campaign.
He thwarted allegations that the BJP was hand-in-glove with the TRS, instead he alleged that it was the TRS and Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) which were engaged in “shadow boxing”.
Shah wanted to know as to why TRS imposed early polls when the Lok Sabha and state assembly elections are slated to be held nine months later. Chief Minister Rao had initially supported Modi’s idea of “one nation one election” but he was surprised when he suddenly changed his stand.
He alleged that “Rao and TRS have forced a small state to bear expenditure of two elections. BJP believes that TRS has put an additional burden of crores of rupees on people to further its political interests.”
Shah said that the BJP was ready to give a tough fight to TRS and Congress in every constituency. He was confident that his party will emerge as a strong and decisive force after the polls and ruled out possibility of TRS getting a fresh mandate.
Meanwhile, Shah also dared the TRS to name a Dalit as its chief ministerial candidate. He recalled that KCR had promised before the 2014 elections that a Dalit would be made the Chief Minister but when TRS won the elections, he took the post for himself. He was quoted saying, “I want to ask KCR, will you fulfil this promise at least this time or will make your son as the Chief Minister?”
Shah criticised Rao and said,”If the TRS government comes back to power, it will continue its politics of appeasement.” He slammed the passing of a resolution to provide 12% reservation to Muslims and sending it to the Centre for its approval.
He claimed that Modi government showed no discrimination towards any state and provided Rs.2.3 lakh crore to Telangana state during last four years while only Rs 15,000 crore were given during the Congress rule. He said that BJP was opposed to the politics of appeasement.
He said that Rahul Gandhi, the Congress president, is daydreaming to form the next government in Telangana. He listed the states where Congress lost the elections since 2014. He claimed that people of Telangana have not forgotten the treatment meted out to former Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao and former Chief Minister T Anjaiah by the Congress.
On September 6, Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekhar Rao dissolved the state assembly and announced the list of his party’s candidates for the assembly elections. Experts had speculated that the move shows his desire to fight a possible Congress-TDP alliance in the state and his growing closeness to the BJP.