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Telangana BJP Chief’s Charminar Temple Visit Creates Tension

Hyderabad: On Friday, BJP’s Telangana unit President Bandi Sanjay Kumar visited Bhagyalakshmi temple abutting the historic Charminar here to swear in god’s name that he had not written to EC to halt financial aid amidst floods victims, prompting tension in the midst of rumours his temple visit was thwarted by the police.

A day sooner, he had challenged Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao also to go to the temple to swear on the authenticity of a letter allegedly written by Kumar to the Election Commission to look for a stop on the payment of ex gratia of Rs 10,000 to the flood-affected.

After Sanjay and some other BJP heads arrived at Charminar in a convoy of vehicles from the party office in Nampally, his visit created some tension in the communally sensitive region. Police strengthened security to avoid any untoward incident.

Security personnel, including Rapid Action Force (RAF), were at that point dispatched in the territory in view of the Friday prayers at close by historic Mecca Masjid and December 1 elections to Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC).

Rumours began spreading around that police had prevented the BJP leader from visiting the temple, after which City Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar took to Twitter to deny it.

He stated: “Some people are trying to spread incorrect and false news on the social media and electronic media. They are warned that action will be taken against them.

He included: “Hyderabad Police is not stopping any person from going to any place of worship. Keep away from such propaganda and rumours.”

Following the ‘darshan’ at the temple, Sanjay said to reporters that his signature was “forged” on the letter, including that he had lodged a police complaint.

Sanjay, a member of Parliament from Karimnagar, claimed that the forged letter was created on the Chief Minister’s direction. He claimed that the ruling (TRS) Telangana Rashtra Samithi was maligning him and the BJP for electoral gains in GHMC polls.

He repeated that if the BJP wins the GHMC elections, each flood-affected family will be paid Rs 25,000 as ex gratia. He guaranteed that the gathering will get funds from the Centre to reconstruct damaged houses, furniture and offer money to purchase new bikes and cars.