Shah challenges KCR to name Dalit as CM
BJP president rejects view that TRS is an ally
Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah has challenged the Telangana Rashtra Samithi leader and caretaker Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao to announce a Dalit as the chief ministerial candidate in the ensuing elections. This alone could compensate for the promise he had made and broken in the 2014 elections, the BJP leader said.
Kicking off his party’s election campaign at Mahabubnagar town, 100 km from Hyderabad, on Saturday, Mr. Shah said Mr. Rao failed to protect the identity of Telangana by not celebrating September 17 as Liberation Day, to please Asaduddin Owaisi of the Majlis Ittehadul Muslimeen.
Mr. Rao also promised 12% reservation to Muslims, despite knowing that the Constitution does not allow for reservation based on religion.
Later, addressing a press conference here, Mr. Shah accused Mr. Rao of failing on all fronts.
Mr. Shah said Mr. Rao could not construct even a single irrigation project though BJP gave permission for all projects, including Kaleshwaram.
“He is just enjoying the legacy of the previous governments,” he said.
More than 4,200 farmers committed suicide during TRS rule, farmers were handcuffed for demanding support price, Dalits were attacked in Nerella for questioning the sand mafia, the promise of double-bedroom houses was not delivered, job vacancies were not filled and no new district had a good administrative system, he said.
The BJP leader hit out at Mr. Rao for preferring to advance polls. He should explain to the people what prompted him to change his mind just a few months after favouring the BJP’s one-nation-one-poll slogan. Why had he placed the financial burden of two polls on Telangana when elections were just months away, he asked.
The BJP chief scoffed at the perception that the TRS and the BJP were allies, and said: “I am announcing that we will contest all the seats seriously and emerge as an alternative force in Telangana. We will oppose both the TRS and the Congress.”
Poll strategies: BJP president Amit Shah with party leaders in Mahabubnagar district of Telangana on Saturday.