‘ BJP will have no tie- up with TRS in Te­lan­gana’

■ BJP chief says party will fight polls alone We are not go­ing to have any po­lit­i­cal tie- up with the TRS. The BJP will fight on its own strength. We will fight against ap­pease­ment pol­i­tics also. Amit Shah,

The Asian Age - - Nation -

Hy­der­abad, Sept. 15: Vir­tu­ally sound­ing the poll bu­gle, BJP pres­i­dent Amit Shah on Satur­day said his party will con­test the up­com­ing Te­lan­gana As­sem­bly elec­tion on its own.

In the city to for­mally launch the party’s poll cam­paign at a pub­lic meet­ing in Ma­habub­na­gar, about 110 km from here, Mr Shah said the Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP) would not go for a tie- up with the Te­lan­gana Rash­tra Samithi ( TRS), the rul­ing party in the south­ern state.

The BJP would not have any al­liance with any party and it hoped to emerge as a “de­cid­ing fac­tor” in the up­com­ing polls, he said.

“We are not go­ing to have any po­lit­i­cal tie- up with the TRS. The BJP will fight on its own strength. We will fight against ap­pease­ment pol­i­tics also,” Mr Shah told re­porters here, be­fore leav­ing for Ma­habub­na­gar.

The saffron party would also fight against the “stalled progress” of the state, he said, when asked about al­le­ga­tions of a tacit un­der­stand­ing be­tween the BJP and the TRS.

On the pro­posed Grand Al­liance of the Congress and other par­ties in the state, Shah said the Tel­ugu peo­ple had not for­got­ten how the Congress had treated their lead­ers like for­mer ( un­di­vided) Andhra Pradesh chief min­is­ter An­ja­iah and for­mer prime min­is­ter P. V. Narasimha Rao.

Hit­ting out at the TRS, he claimed that the K Chan­drasekhar Rao- led party was ear­lier in favour of si­mul­ta­ne­ous elec­tions to the state As­sem­bly and Lok Sabha, but sub­se­quently changed its stand.

“Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi had pro­posed ‘ one na­tion, one elec­tion’. ( Care­taker CM) Chan­drasekhar Rao had also sup­ported it ini­tially.... I want to ask a straight ques­tion to the rul­ing party ( TRS) and the chief min­is­ter. Why are you bur­den­ing the peo­ple with so much of ex­pen­di­ture ( due to polls)? What is the rea­son for ad­vanc­ing the elec­tion by nine months?,” Mr Shah asked.

He wanted to know why the state As­sem­bly was pre­ma­turely dis­solved, just a few days af­ter the chief min­is­ter had ex­pressed his will­ing­ness for si­mul­ta­ne­ous polls.

Quot­ing from re­ports, the BJP chief said 4,200 farm­ers com­mit­ted sui­cide in the state in the last four years and claimed that some of the schemes of the cen­tral gov­ern­ment were not im­ple­mented in Te­lan­gana prop­erly.

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