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Congress Promised Free Electricity to Mosques and Churches But Not Temples, Says Amit Shah

Shah, who was speaking at an election rally in Mahbubnagar’s Narayanpet, said both the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and the Congress believed in the 'appeasement" of minorities'.

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Updated:December 2, 2018, 8:06 PM IST
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Congress Promised Free Electricity to Mosques and Churches But Not Temples, Says Amit Shah
BJP chief Amit Shah addresses a rally in poll-bound Telangana on Sunday. (Twitter/ANI)
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Hyderabad: BJP president Amit Shah on Sunday accused caretaker Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao of burdening the state financially by opting for early elections.

Shah, who was speaking at an election rally in Mahbubnagar’s Narayanpet, said both the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and the Congress believed in the "appeasement" of minorities and AIMIM's Akbaruddin Owaisi had said whoever became the chief minister of the southern state would have to bow before his party.

"Telangana would have saved hundreds of crores of rupees had it opted for the assembly polls along with the Lok Sabha election in May next year. KCR burdened the state with crores of rupees of election expenditure. Who is responsible for this? KCR was doubtful of his victory in May, fearing a (Prime Minister) Modi wave," Shah said.

The BJP chief also said the Congress, in its manifesto for the December 7 polls, had promised "free electricity" to mosques and churches but not to temples, adding that as part of its politics of minority appeasement, the opposition party had promised an educational aid of Rs 20 lakh to minority students if it came to power in Telangana.

"The Congress also speaks (in its manifesto) about reservations for the minorities in government contracts. It also talks about separate hospitals for the minorities. I want to ask (Congress president) Rahul Gandhi, what would be the fate of the poor people who do not belong to the minority communities," he said.

Shah reiterated that the saffron party was not in favour of reservations based on religion as it was against the Constitution. "The Telangana chief minister has promised a 12 per cent reservation for Muslims. The BJP and its cadre will ensure that a reservation based on religion will not be implemented in Telangana," he asserted.

The BJP chief also took a dig at the AIMIM and the TRS, claiming due to the fear of the Owaisi brothers, the KCR government no longer celebrated the state's Liberation Day on September 17 and vowed that if the BJP came to power in Telangana, the Hyderabad Liberation Day will be celebrated with fanfare. "Akbaruddin says whoever becomes the chief minister of Telangana should keep his head at the feet of the Majlis (AIMIM)," he said.

Referring to KCR's promise of giving two-bedroom houses to backward families, Shah said the TRS chief not only failed to implement the scheme, but also deprived the people of the state of the benefits of the Prime Minister Awas Yojana. He urged the voters to vote for the BJP for the overall development of Narayanpet and Telangana.

At another public meeting at Kalwakurthy, Shah alleged that 4,500 farmers had committed suicide in Telangana in the last four-and-half-years of the TRS rule. KCR, who claimed to be a messiah of farmers, handcuffed them in Khammam when they asked for a support price for their produce, he charged.

The BJP chief said KCR had forgotten the promise of providing government jobs and compensation to the kin of the 1,200 people who had lost their lives during the separate Telangana movement.

The 119-member Telangana Assembly will go to the polls on December 7 and the results will be announced on December 11.

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