Modi, Shah to Lead Poll Campaign in Telangana


PM Modi’s Hyderabad roadshow on Nov 27; Amit Shah visits on Nov 24-26; JP Nadda, Yogi Adityanath, Rajnath Singh are also heading to Telangana…reports Asian Lite News

Union Minister and Telangana BJP President G Kishan Reddy on Wednesday confirmed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the poll-bound state for the party’s election campaigning.

Speaking to ANI regarding PM Modi’s visit, Kishan Reddy said that the Prime Minister will visit the state on three days, November 25, 26 and 27 adding that the state needs a “double-engine” government.

“PM Modi will participate in a roadshow in Hyderabad on November 27. Union Home Minister Amit Shah will be in the state on November 24 and 26. BJP national president JP Nadda, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will also be coming to Telangana,” Reddy said.

The BJP chief claimed that though Congress is eyeing forming a government in Telangana, the people will not “bless” the party.

“After Karnataka, Congress is dreaming of forming the government in Telangana. The people of Telangana will not bless the Congress party. A double-engine government should come to Telangana so that the people of the state receive all benefits,” he said.

He also dared the Congress party to make a person belonging to the Backward Community (BC) as Chief Minister while vowing on the BJP’s behalf to bring a BC person to the CM’s chair if the party is voted to power.

“The Congress party never worked for the people. Does Congress have the guts to make a BC CM? Even the BRS party is disrespecting the BC community. BRS promised to make Dalit CM, what happened? Can you make a Dalit CM this time? KCR is dreaming about his son becoming CM and grandson becoming PM. They don’t have the right to criticise the BJP,” he said.

He added, “There should be a leader from the backward class. There should be a BC Chief Minister. We are here for justice, and we always follow the right path of justice. All BC homes are saying this, first time a national party has made a decision to ensure justice for the BC community. BJP does what they say.”

The ruling Bharat Rasthtra Samithi, Congress and BJP are the main contestants in the November 30 assembly polls in Telangana.

The counting of votes, along with four other poll-bound states, will take place on December 3.

Meanwhile, reacting to AIMIM leader Akbaruddin Owaisi allegedly threatening a police officer in Hyderabad, Telangana BJP chief G Kishan Reddy said that after the BJP comes to power in the state, such people will “stay in jail.”

All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) President Asaduddin Owaisi’s brother, Akbaruddin Owaisi, was booked on Wednesday for openly threatening a police inspector who was asking him to follow the model code of conduct for the upcoming Telangana assembly polls.

“After the BJP comes to power, we will take action against such people and they will stay in jail,” Telangana BJP chief said on Wednesday.

Earlier, Rohit Raju, DCP South East zone informed that on the complaint of the Santosh Nagar SHO, a case has been registered against (AIMIM leader) Akbaruddin Owaisi.

“The case has been booked under section 353 (obstructing official duties) IPC and other relevant sections,” the police official said.

Reacting to the FIR registered against him, Akbaruddin said, “DCP and police are lying. Firstly, I have video footage of him (a police officer) coming onto the stage. If I give a speech after 10 pm, then police can book me under the law. But obstructing a public meeting and saying that time is up is wrong. Police should not do this.”

“An officer of EC has said that it was a mistake of the police. I have filed a complaint against the police. I demand from EC to probe the matter,” he added.

The AIMIM leader, who was addressing a campaign in Hyderabad’s Lalitabagh, asked the policeman to “leave” the venue, implying that if he made a “signal” to his supporters, the inspector would be forced to “run” from the place.”

“Do you think that after facing knives and bullets, I got weak, still there’s lots of courage in me. Five minutes are left and I’ll address five minutes, no one can stop me. If I give a signal then you’ll have to run, shall we make him run? This is what I’m saying they come like this to weaken us,” Akbaruddin said.

In this regard, AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi also defended the remarks of his brother Akbaruddin Owaisi and said that the official should not have intervened as “five minutes” were left for the campaign time to be over for the day.

Akbaruddin is in the fray from the Chandrayangutta constituency. The seat has been a stronghold of the AIMIM, with the party winning it in 2014 and 2018. Telangana will go to polls in a single phase on November 30.

The counting of votes for Telangana, along with those of four other poll-bound states, will take place on December 3. (ANI)

Surjewala Hits Out At BRS Govt

In a scathing takedown of the ruling BRS government in poll-bound Telangana, Congress leader Randeep Surjewala on Wednesday said the former turned one of the most progressive states of the country into the “suicide capital” for the youth during its rule.

Addressing media persons on a visit to the state capital, Hyderabad, on Wednesday, Surjewala said, “The BRS’s nexus with the BJP in Telangana has cost the state nearly 65 lakh jobs. As many as 20,000 teaching posts are lying vacant and the Telangana Public Service Commission has become a den of corruption with 15 question paper leaks, frequent rescheduling of exams and postponements.”

“KCR (Chief K Chandrasekhar Rao) turned the most progressive state of the country, which was carved out as a separate geographical entity under Congress rule, into the suicide capital for the youth,” he added.

Telangana will go to Assembly elections on November 30 and counting of votes will be held on December 3.

The state is set to witness a triangular contest between the ruling TRS, the BJP and the Congress.

In the previous Assembly election in 2018, the BRS, previously known as Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), won 88 of the 119 seats, grabbing 47.4 per cent of the total vote share.

The Congress came in a distant second with just 19 seats. (ANI)

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