Hyderabad: The ruling TRS advanced the assembly elections in Telangana ahead of schedule to avoid facing the Modi factor as the polls were originally scheduled to be held simultaneously with the Lok Sabha elections next year, Union Minister JP Nadda claimed Tuesday.
“Why these elections have come eight months earlier? Why KCR (TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao) has preponed the elections and put the burden of tax on your shoulders? Because, KCR knows and knew that if elections are held along with Lok Sabha, elections would be full of (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi and … they will lose,” he said.
Nadda, party incharge for the 7 December assembly polls in Telangana, was addressing a party meeting at Makthal in Mahabubnagar district. He rejected the reason given by the TRS that it chose to dissolve the assembly prematurely and seek fresh mandate as opposition Congress tried to create hurdles for development by filing petitions in courts.
The assembly was dissolved on 6 September as per a recommendation made by the TRS government. Speaking at a convention of BJP booth-level workers from Nampalli assembly segment here later, Nadda alleged that the alliance between TRS and MIM in Telangana was ‘unholy’.
He claimed the incumbent MIM leader’s (Asaduddin Owaisi) grandfather was together with Qasim Razwi, the head of ‘Razakars‘ (a private militia who unleashed terror prior to the merger of the then princely state of Hyderabad with the Indian Union).
The people of Hyderabad and Telangana would never forget the violence unleashed by the Razakars, he said adding the TRS was embracing such a party for political gains. The TRS government has failed to fulfill the promises made by it to the people and to ensure development, he alleged.
He also criticised the TRS government for not joining the ‘Ayushman Bharat’ health insurance scheme initiated by the NDA government.