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BJP steps up heat to celebrate Telangana Liberation Day


Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders in Telangana on Saturday called on Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan and demanded that the state government officially celebrate Telangana liberation day on September 17.

A delegation of party leaders led by BJP’s state unit chief K. Laxman met the governor at Raj Bhavan and submitted her a memorandum.

This was the first meeting by state BJP leaders to submit a memorandum since Soundararajan assumed office as the governor on September 8.

Later, Laxman told reporters that the party will intensify the movement to bring pressure on the state government to officially celebrate the day.

He alleged that Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government under pressure from its ally All Indian Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) was not organizing the official celebrations.

Recalling that BJP for the last 20 years had been fighting over the issue, Laxman alleged that successive governments of Congress, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and TRS followed vote-bank politics by not officially celebrating Telangana Liberation Day.

It was on this day in 1948 that erstwhile Hyderabad State merged with the Indian union following “police action”, as the Indian military operation against Nizam’s army is popularly called.

Laxman announced that BJP will organise hoisting of national flag and also hold ‘Tiranga Yatra’ across the state to mark the day.

The party will organise a public meeting at Patancheru. However, Union Home Minister and BJP president Amit Shah will not be attending the event as was earlier announced by the party leaders.

Laxman said only BJP could pay true respect to the freedom fighters who fought against Nizam and his ‘razakars’ and build Telangana of the dreams of freedom fighters.

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A case of better late than never


In a belated move, the Telangana BJP is planning a state-wide tour to campaign against the anti-people policies of TRS government. BJP state president G Kishan Reddy and BJLP leader K Lakshman announced this today. They criticized the lack of sense of priority on the part of the TRS government in implementing the project. “So, we want to put pressure on the government by mobilizing the people to take up the ongoing projects and complete them immediately, instead of going in for new projects,” they said.

“If the state government invests Rs 1,000 crore, four important projects in the water-starved Mahbubnagar district would be completed within a year. These projects can irrigate thousands of acres and help farmers come out of poverty, which is forcing them to commit suicides. Instead, the government is laying foundations stones for new projects with huge expenditure, ” G Kishan Reddy said.

“The government announced a whopping Rs 35,000 crore for the Palamur-RR lift irrigation project and is not willing to release just Rs 1,000 crore for four important projects in the district which are in the final stages of completion?” he wondered. Dubbing the TRS government `a government of words and not work’, Reddy said that “the chief minister has tendency to give assurances on stage during his tours and forgets the moment he leaves the venue.”

Reddy and Lakshman opposed the cheap liquor policy of the state government stating it was meant to serve the vested interests.

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