Not afraid of Owaisi, will mark ‘Hyderabad Liberation Day’: Amit Shah

Hyderabad, Sept 18 (KMS): Indian Home Minister Amit Shah has said that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), unlike the governing Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), was not afraid of Asaduddin Owaisi’s All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) and would commemorate the Hyderabad Liberation Day on September 17 every year after it gets elected in the state.

Addressing a public meeting in Nirmal, he alleged that CM K Chandrasekhar Rao had reneged on his vow to declare September 17 as Telangana Day.

“TRS governs with the cooperation of AIMIM and Congress lacks courage to take them on. After coming to office in the next (assembly) polls, we will officially declare September 17 as Hyderabad Liberation Day,” he said. The princely state of Hyderabad was officially made part of the Union on September 17, 1948 after Indian forces marched into the Nizam-ruled region. BJP has consistently alleged that TRS does not celebrate this historic event as it would upset AIMIM followers who were initially against merging into India.

Shah’s visit to Telangana has come just ahead of the crucial Huzurabad assembly by-election and will play a key role in galvanizing party cadre. The by-election, expected to be held in the last week of October, was necessitated as former state minister Eatala Rajender resigned as MLA after he was removed from the state cabinet over corruption allegations.