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Shah attacks KCR, says only BJP can ensure Telangana's development

Press Trust of India  |  Parkal (Tel) 

Sunday accused the led by K Chandrashekar Rao of "failing" to keep its promises, and claimed that only the BJP, under the leadership of Narendra Modi, can ensure the state's development.

He also hit out at Rao for advancing the state polls, claiming that the minister did so as he was scared of the "Modi wave".

Addressing a public meeting at Parkal in district, Shah appealed to people to vote for the BJP in Telangana polls scheduled on December 7, in order to take the state forward.

He said KCR (as Rao is popularly known) failed to fulfil his promise of appointing a Dalit minister, and sought to know if Rao would now announce a Dalit as the chief ministerial candidate.

Shah also hit out at All Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) Akbaruddin Owaisi's claim that his party would be the "kingmaker" after the state election.

"Do you want a government which is dependent on Owaisi and AIMIM? Neither the nor KCR can provide such a governance, only the BJP can provide a government which is not dependent on Majlis," he said.

The assembly election in Telangana was expected along with the Lok Sabha election in May next year, but Rao advanced the polls and put the financial burden on people only because "he is scared of the 'Modi wave' and to promote his son and daughter for the chief minister's post," Shah alleged.

Attacking the Rao-led Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) government in the state over its move to provide 12-per cent reservation to minorities, Shah said the Constitution does not allow reservation based on religion and that it is "unconstitutional".

"The BJP opposes religion-based reservations and will neither allow it nor allow others to grant it," he said.

The senior BJP said the took up several works for Telangana's development and released over Rs 1.15 lakh crore to the state under the 14th Finance Commission, as against Rs 16,596 crore given by the under the 13th

"The central government gave over Rs 2.30 lakh crore for Telangana's development in the last four-and-a-half years. Under KCR's rule, a revenue surplus state (when Telangana was formed) has been pushed into a Rs 2 lakh crore debt," he said.

Over 3,500 farmers in Telangana committed suicide under the TRS rule, Shah claimed. And on the other hand, he added, the announced to provide a higher minimum support price to cultivators for their crops.

Taking a dig at the alliance of parties, including the and the of (CPI), formed in the state ahead of the polls, he said the is on a decline across the world and the is on a decline in

"The Congress lost power in 14 states and the BJP is in power in 19 states," he pointed out.

The BJP chief also slammed Rao for not celebrating September 17 as 'Liberation Day' "out of fear of Owaisi".

He said if the BJP comes to power in the state, it will celebrate in every village.

The BJP-led government launched the 'Pradhan Mantri for providing health insurance cover, but Rao did not implement the scheme as "he is afraid that Modiji's popularity will further increase," Shah said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, November 25 2018. 16:00 IST