Shah chal­lenges KCR to name Dalit as CM

BJP pres­i­dent re­jects view that TRS is an ally

The Hindu - - SOUTH - R. Ravikanth Reddy

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.

Fi­nan­cial bur­den

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.”

G. RAMAKRISHNA ■

Poll strate­gies: BJP pres­i­dent Amit Shah with party lead­ers in Ma­habub­na­gar district of Te­lan­gana on Satur­day.

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