Telangana Chief Minister Ok Chandrasekhar Rao (‘KCR’) at the moment accused Union Residence Minister Amit Shah of “doing divisive politics” at a rally in Hyderabad, countering the BJP in a rally-versus-rally battle to mark the annexation of erstwhile princely state of Hyderabad by India in 1948. He mentioned this whereas elevating the demand — and just about setting a deadline — for the BJP-led central authorities to okay 10 per cent reservation for tribal individuals in Telangana.
“The Invoice (proposed legislation for 10 per cent tribal quota) is pending with the Centre. I’m asking Amit Shah, who’s doing divisive politics right here; I’m folding arms and asking PM Narendra Modi, whose birthday it’s at the moment, to please approve that Invoice,” he mentioned at a public perform organised by the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) authorities. “Even the President of India is an Adivasi (tribal) girl. She will not cease the transfer,” he added.
He then introduced that his authorities will difficulty an order for the quota subsequent week. “Will Narendra Modi settle for it, or will he make it a noose round his neck?” he mentioned.
KCR’s concentrate on tribal neighborhood calls for — posing one other query to the BJP authorities — is his newest transfer as he tries to assemble Opposition forces on the nationwide stage for a united push in 2024. He even spoke of potentialities of going nationwide himself: “Individuals from Maharashtra got here to me at the moment and requested me to begin a nationwide social gathering.”
Immediately was one other day of Centre-state confrontation as each authorities celebrating the annexation day at totally different occasions. Whereas the BJP-led Centre is looking it a day of liberation “from a merciless Nizam”, KCR’s authorities is marking it as ‘Telangana Nationwide Integration Day’.
Amit Shah, earlier within the day, took a swipe at “those who have turned their back” on celebrating the day “attributable to vote financial institution politics” and the “concern” of Razakars, a reference to the personal militia who’d defended the erstwhile Muslim Nizam rule in a largely Hindu-majority state. This occasion was attended by a number of leaders, together with Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde.
When India gained independence, the Razakars known as for the Hyderabad State — unfold over present-day Telangana, and elements of Karnataka and Maharashtra — to both be part of Pakistan, or to change into an impartial dominion. However, on September 17, 1948, it was annexed into the Union of India in navy motion, credited primarily to the then Residence Minister Vallabhbhai Patel.