The fight for the crucial Muslim votes in the forthcoming Telangana Assembly elections between the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samiti and the Opposition Congress has intensified. While the Congress has alleged that the TRS is in cahoots with the BJP and Narendra Modi, the TRS is busy wooing the minority by making several new promises in its manifesto.
Telangana State Congress president N Uttam Kumar Reddy has lashed out at the “secret nexus” between the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samiti and the BJP and cautioned the people that a vote for KCR (Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao) is a vote for the BJP and Narendra Modi. At the same time he also attacked the Muslim political party Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen leadership for its support to the KCR Government.
Addressing a press conference in Hyderabad on Tuesday, Uttam Kumar Reddy said that MIM’s support to the TRS was incomprehensible as KCR during his four and a half year-long rule has not done anything for the Muslim minority. “Why are they supporting TRS when the TRS Government failed to fulfil the promise of 12% reservation to the Muslims and supported the BJP in the elections of President and Vice President”, he said, warning that in the Lok Sabha elections TRS will join hands with the BJP. “This is the reason KCR advanced the Assembly polls”.
Uttam Kumar Reddy alleged that the Owaisi brothers were supporting the TRS for their own selfish interest and misleading the Muslim community.
Reddy also alleged that the TRS Government had failed in protecting Waqf properties, 90% minority colleges were closed because of the non reimbursement of fee by the Government and not even 10% minority youth were sanctioned loans.
Recalling the “Aler encounter” in which five Muslim under trial prisoners were killed by the police four years ago the Congress president said that so far not a single report was prepared an no action was taken against the policemen involved. “KCR promised to develop old city into Istanbul but nothing was done”, he added.
Uttam Kumar Reddy’s outburst came after MIM president Asaduddin Owaisi in several media interactions and other occasions declared his full support to Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and exuded confidence that the TRS will come back to power for the second consecutive term.
AT the same time he also repeatedly targeted Congress party and held it responsible for the weakening of secularism in the country. He was critical of Congress president Rahul Gandhi for adopting soft Hindutva line to copy the BJP.
In a related development a large delegation of Muslim intellectuals led by the state Jamat-e-Islami Hind president Moulana Hamid Mohammed Khan called on the Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao in Hyderabad and lauded several unique initiatives of TRS Government for the welfare and uplift of Muslim community. They appreciated steps like increasing the minority welfare budget to Rs 2,000 crore (20 billion), residential schools for the minority students and Shadi Mubarak scheme for the marriage of poor girls.
At the meeting, also attended by Deputy Chief Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali, Hamid Mohammed Khan called for bringing the minority welfare budget under a sub plan so that the unutilized funds don’t lapse, setting up residential junior and degree colleges for minority students on the lines of successful residential schools. “TRS has done in four years what others could not do in 65 years”, he said.
Chief Minister KCR, who had invited the delegation at his official residence for discussions ahead of preparing his party’s election manifesto, had a detailed interaction. He denied the reports of possible understanding between TRS and the BJP. He alleged that the Opposition Congress was spreading rumors that the TRS was paving the way for Prime Minister Modi to contest from Secunderabad. “This is an attempt to mislead the people”, he said.