In a bid to work towards the formation of a BJP government in Telangana with the win in GHMC elections bound to be held next month, the Union Minister of State for Home, G Kishan Reddy on Sunday called AIMIM (All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen) as the major opponent of BJP in the state for the upcoming polls.
Mr. Reddy, however, stressed that BJP was against the party but not Muslims in general. Speaking about it, he said they oppose AIMIM as they “harass Muslims of old city through extortion” using “hooligans”. He reiterated that they stand against MIM due to their political differences and not because they represent the majority of the Muslims.
Defending BJP over the TRS’s allegations of the central ruling party aiming to ignite communal disharmonies and violence in the state for fetching victory in the GHMC elections, Mr. Reddy who was a part of the ‘Meet the Press’ event held by the Hyderabad Press Club, stated that the majority, 80%, of India’s municipal corporations are managed by BJP. He further claimed that under the leadership of Narendra Modi, who has been ruling since the last 6 years, India did not witness “any major communal incident or extremist attack”.
To try to lure the voters, he said after coming into power, BJP would look into the issue revolving around the declaration of Telangana Liberation Day of September 17th. Mr. Reddy said the Centre would be asked to join in the matter to declare the day so as to put a full stop to the age-old controversy surrounding it.
To uproot the TRS government, he blamed the party for not standing on the promises it made during its elections of 2016. He also alleged that his party has been getting a lot of support from the voters.
“Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao promised the voters that he would convert Hyderabad into Dallas, old city into Istanbul, build four super speciality hospitals, lakhs of 2BHK houses and clean Tank Bund during 2016 GHMC elections. He failed in delivering even one of these promises,” he said.
Mr. Reddy claimed further that the Metro couldn’t be celebrated by the old city and the residents remained deprived of it due to TRS and AIMIM.
He also said, “While we are able to run outpatient wards and the second year MBBS classes in the AIIMS at Bibinagar, the State government has not handed over the buildings to us so far.”
According to Mr. Reddy, the Telangana government of TRS isn’t remaining in a cooperative state with the Central Government for completing the second phase of Metro (MMTS) that can offer a cheaper mode of transportation to the locals.