BJP to go it alone in Telangana, says Amit Shah

V Rishi Kumar Hyderabad | Updated on September 15, 2018

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president Amit Shah, with the state president K. Laxman, and other state-level leaders, addressing a media conference in Hyderabad on Saturday.   -  THE HINDU

Faults KCR for forcing early polls on people

BJP president Amit Shah today said his party will go it alone in Telangana, opposing both the Telangana Rashtra Samithi and the Congress party. Faulting K Chandrasekhar Rao, TRS party chief, for forcing early elections on the people, the BJP chief said, “The dissolution of the Assembly nearly nine months head of schedule was unwarranted.”

“I am surprised at the move to seek early elections. After nine months, he could have faced joint elections. This was aimed at making political gains and furthering the cause of the family,” he said.

From the year 2014, till now in the year 2018, the BJP has strengthened its position in the state and its supporter base has swelled. TRS is unlikely to win again, he said.


Questioning the Telangana regime for recommending 12 per cent reservation for minorities knowing it was not possible to do so, Amit Shah said “the TRS leadership knew that this was not possible, but yet recommended it seeking to appease some sections.”

The BJP president said the Telangana people had seen through the political scheming. Remember what KCR had said in 2014, that he would make a Dalit Chief Minister if TRS is voted to power. What happened to that promise? he asked.


Referring to the Telangana agitation, Amit Shah wanted to know why the TRS regime has yet to provide jobs to people as promised.

He said in the last four years, more than 4,200 farmers had committed suicide and people want to know what happened to the promises made by KCR about two bedroom houses, job creation and various other unfulfilled promises.

Referring to various welfare-cum-development schemes taken up by the Narendra Modi-led NDA government, Amit Shah said the TRS government had failed to implement them in the state in spite of getting a huge amount through fiscal devolution. As against the Thirteenth Finance Commission, the state received more than Rs 2,30,000 crore, which was more than 20 times that in the Fourteenth Finance Commission. Yet, it has not taken up various programmes promoted by the Central Government such as PM Awas Yojana, Ayushman Bharat Yojana and PM Bheema Yojana.

Stating that he will begin the BJP's election campaign from Mahbubnagar in the state, Amit Shah said “Narendra Modi will also get into campaign mode in the state soon.”


Referring to the unprecedented rise in fuel prices and weakening of the rupee versus the dollar, the BJP chief said the Government is concerned about the developments and is expected to initiate efforts to address these issues. He said the spiralling prices and fall in rupee were linked to global developments.


Referring to warrants issued to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu in the Babli irrigation project case, the BJP chief said there was no political angle to the development. This relates to a case filed during the Congress regime. After 15 summons were not honoured, a warrant was issued by the Court.

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Published on September 15, 2018
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