CONGRESS EN­EMY, SO IS TRS: AMIT SHAH

Kick­start­ing the saf­fron party’s cam­paign at Ma­habub­na­gar for the up­com­ing elec­tions, the BJP na­tional pres­i­dent as­serted that there was no ques­tion of al­liance with any party in Te­lan­gana

Sunday Express - - TAMIL NADU / SOUTH - VIKRAMSHARMA

IF the Congress party is en­emy No.1 for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Te­lan­gana Rash­tra Samithi (TRS) which rules Te­lan­gana is no less an en­emy, said BJP Pres­i­dent Amit Shah as he brushed aside spec­u­la­tions of BJP-TRS bro­mance in Te­lan­gana. The BJP chief said “he was sur­prised” by the care taker CM K Chan­drasekhar Rao’s move of go­ing in for early polls which he said was in sharp con­trast to his ear­lier stand of one na­tion-one poll.

Months af­ter Prime Min­is­ter Modi had praised Rao for go­ing on the path of ‘vikas’ (de­vel­op­ment), which gave the im­pressed of a bud­ding re­la­tion­ship be­tween the two par­ties, Shah picked up holes in the four-and-a-half years of gov­er­nance of TRS. He said that the pink party’s per­for­mance has been poor and will not get the peo­ple’s man­date in the forth­com­ing elec­tions.

‘’Nine months be­fore the elec­tions were ac­tu­ally sched­uled to take place, why has KCR thrusted elec­tions and ex­pen­di­ture of crores of ru­pees on the peo­ple of Te­lan­gana de­spite sup­port­ing one na­tion-one poll ear­lier ? It is only due to petty po­lit­i­cal gains that he has gone for early elec­tions,’’ said Amit Shah.

Amid the heat and dust of elec­tion­eer­ing which be­gan the day Rao dis­solved the state as­sem­bly, Shah kick-started his party’s elec­tion cam­paign in Te­lan­gana to­day. He took pot­shots at KCR on a host of is­sues from his su­per­sti­tious be­liefs due to which he hardly went to his of­fice in Sec­re­tariat, to the fam­ily rule of the TRS and for­got­ten prom­ises in­clud­ing the one where Rao had as­sured that a dalit would be made the CM af­ter the first elec­tion.

With the pride of Tel­u­gus form­ing the ba­sis of his at­tacks on KCR and MIM, the se­nior politi­cian said that both the friendly par­ties are re­sort­ing to vote bank pol­i­tics.

“KCR sends a pro­posal to cen­tre for 12% reser­va­tion to mi­nori­ties know­ing fully well that the BJP-led NDA will never give its nod to reser­va­tions on re­li­gious lines. The peo­ple of Te­lan­gana know that if they vote for TRS, vote bank pol­i­tics will flour­ish,” he stated.

SENBAGAPANDIYAN

Amit Shah, BJP na­tional pres­i­dent, speaks at the pub­lic meet­ing in Ma­habub­na­gar dis­trict on Satur­day |

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