The Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) suffered another setback when the state administration denied their plea to host a public meeting in Tukkuguda on September 17. This follows their earlier request to use the Parade Grounds being denied due to the Union government’s plans to hold ‘Telangana Liberation Day’ celebrations on the same date.
The Tukkuguda location was denied because the open land belonged to the Sri Venkateshwara Swamy temple and, according to Sections 5 and 6 of the Religious Institutions (Prevention of Misuse) Act, 1988, religious institutions’ properties cannot be used for political meetings.
The state Congress leadership is planning a public conference ahead of the Telangana polls, with both the ruling parties at the Center and the state attempting to build a narrative about the merging of the Hyderabad princely state into India on September 17, 1948.
With this second denial, the Congress is said to be preparing a public gathering at the Gachibowli stadium.
Furthermore, TPCC president A Revanth Reddy met with state Director General of Police (DGP) Anjani Kumar to request security for national party leaders visiting the city and to seek permission for the Tukkuguda meeting. These requests, however, were also denied, with Revanth Reddy saying that the ruling parties, the BRS and the BJP, were conspiring to prevent the Congress from holding public meetings at the Parade Grounds.
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