BJP-backed party to come to power in Telangana: Amit Shah

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HYDERABAD: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president Amit Shah Saturday said a party with its support would come to power in Telangana in ensuing early polls, while predicting that the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) is unlikely to come back to power.

Speaking to media before heading to kick-start poll campaign from Mahabubnagar in Telangana, Shah said, “Going by the way TRS governed the state during the last four-and-a-half years, I think it is unlikely to get public mandate again this time.”

Ruling out any pre-poll alliance with TRS, Shah has appealed to the Telangana voters to support BJP so that a strong government was formed in the state where BJP can play a decisive role and help in Telangana’s progress. “The progress of Telangana will continue only if Narendra Modi is elected at the centre and a BJP supported government at Telangana,” he said.

Shah said BJP has improved its public contact and improved public support over the last few years, which has helped the saffron party to evolve into a decisive force in Telangana. He said BJP will contest solo in all the Assembly segments and Narendra Modi will campaign in Telangana.

The BJP president accused TRS of resorting to minority appeasement and vote bank politics at the cost of self pride of Telangana people and stop commemorating Hyderabad Liberation Day on September 17, the day the region got independence from the Nizam rule. “It is only because TRS came under pressure of MIM for vote bank politics that it stopped celebrating September 17 and Liberation Day.”

Knowing well that religious reservations were not possible, the TRS government proposed 12% reservations to Muslims for vote bank politics and sent the bill to the BJP government at the centre, said Shah.

Shah ridiculed TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao for not visiting the state Secretariat for four and a half years owing to superstitious beliefs and accused him of slapping early polls on Telangana to take forward family interests.

“KCR is worried that he may not win Assembly polls if they are held along with the Parliament elections in May next year. He will not win Assembly elections even if they are held in this November or December,” said Shah.

Taking on KCR for failing to fulfil the poll promises and aspirations of Telangana movement, the BJP president dared KCR to project a scheduled cast leader as his party’s chief ministerial candidate at least in the ensuing early polls having failed to fulfil similar promise in 2014. “Let KCR specify whether a dalit will be announced as the chief ministerial candidate at least this time or will he announce his son as the CM candidate,” he said addressing the public meeting at Mahabubnagar.

Ruling out any tacit understanding with TRS in Telangana, Shah said it was not the culture of BJP to criticise the developmental works of a state government simply because it was in the opposition. “There won’t be any tacit understanding or ‘shadow-boxing’ with TRS.”

Hoping that the health of Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar will improve, Shah said the party will decide on change of chief minister at an appropriate time.

Falling rupee and rising fuel a concern:

Shah said falling rupee and rising fuel costs were a concern for the BJP. Holding global developments like the trade war waged by the US and the strained trade relations of the US with petroleum producing economies responsible for the crisis, he said the BJP government is seriously looking to resolve the crisis. “The BJP government will soon come before the public with a stand on the issue. However, I would like to make it clear that the fall of our currency is far lower than what most of the other global currencies suffered.”

Warrant against Chandrababu Naidu not vendetta: Shah

Making it clear that there was no vendetta in a local court in Maharashtra issuing arrest warrant to Telugu Desam Party president and Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu, he said it was the Congress government in 2010 that slapped cases against Naidu. The court has issued arrest warrant only after Naidu failed to appear before it despite serving notices 25 times, he said. “Today, Naidu is joining hands for a grand alliance with the same Congress party that had resorted to vendetta against him.”

Source: Economic Times