Leader of Opposition in Telangana Legislative Council Mohammed Ali Shabbir has accused of TRS Government of acting like ‘Taliban of Telangana’ in pursuing the agenda of erasing memoirs of previous regimes.
Shabbir Ali has strongly condemned the recent remarks of Deputy Chief Minister Mahmood Ali who advocated demolition of historic Charminar. “Even Mughal emperor Aurangzeb spared Charminar when he conquered Golconda kingdom. While he demolished all beautiful palaces built by Qutb Shahi kings, he did not touch Charminar as it houses a mosque on the second floor. However, Deputy CM seems to be ignorant of this fact and wants the historic monument to be razed to ground to please his boss Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao,” he said.
Shabbir Ali said he had strong suspicion that KCR was influenced by some rulers who gained notoriety by destroying buildings constructed by their predecessors. “Taliban and ISIS militants demolished Historic monuments in their countries just to register their supremacy. Similarly, KCR expressed desire to demolish Secretariat, Chest Hospital and now Osmania General Hospital, built by Nizam of Hyderabad, to go into the history as the man who erased memorabilia of Asaf Jahi Dynasty. Interestingly, KCR boasts of being the biggest fan of last Nizam Mir Osman Ali Khan,” he said.
Referring to proposed demolition of Osmania General Hospital, Shabbir Ali said several old buildings cross the country and world were still being used as hospitals. Country’s one of the old hospital INHS (Indian Naval Hospital Ship) Asvini Hospital located in Colaba of Mumbai was built in 1756. St Bartholomew (founded in 1123), the Bethlem Royal Hospital (built in 1247) and the Royal Marsden (constructed in 1851), all located in London, are still serving as hospitals.
Shabbir Ali said KCR should prove his love and concern towards patients by releasing the promised funds of Rs. 100 crore each for OGH and Gandhi Hospital, not by demolitions.