Pitching for a change of
government in election-bound Telangana, BJP president Amit
Shah said Wednesday neither the ruling TRS nor the main
opposition Congress can give a push to development in the
He also asserted that if voted to power after the Lok
Sabha polls next year, the government under Prime Minister
Narendra Modi will ensure "not a single infiltrator" was left
in the country.
"Telangana's development is not possible either under
KCR (caretaker chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao) family or
(Congress chief) RahulBaba. They are into break in India
while (Narendra) Modiji pursues the policy of make in India,"
Shah told a public rally here.
The BJP is testing the electoral waters of Telangana
alone for the first time after playing a second fiddle to the
TDP, which broke away from the NDA recently, for several
The BJP president said the Congress, with is support
base shrinking drastically, was incapable of becoming an
alternative to the TRS.
"Is Congress an alternative to the TRS? The Congress
under Rahul Gandhi's leadership has not been able to win state
elections. Today, ifyou want to see the Congress, you will
have to use magnifying glasses," Shah said, ridiculing Gandhi
over a string of electoral reverses since the BJP assumed
power at the Centre.
The TRS, Shah said, had failed to keep promises it
made to the people of Telangana.
"KCR made 150 promises before the 2014 assembly polls
but fulfilled not one. He promised he will make a dalit the
chief minister but did not honour it. Dalit of Telangana is
not on his list. His son (minister K T Ramarao) or daughter
(MP K Kavitha) will be made the chief minister," he said.
The BJP chief also raked up the issue of the National
Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, and said if voted to
power again, the Modi government will push every infiltrator
out of the country.
"Bring the Modi government (back) again in 2019...Let
there be no infiltrator in the country. The Bharatiya Janata
Party government will make sure that not a single infiltrator
is left," he said.
Targeting BJP's bitter critic and Hyderabad Lok Sabha
MP Asaduddin Owaisi of the AIMIM, Shah said it was the saffron
party alone that could fight people like him and not the TRS,
TDP or the Congress.
Shah also criticised TRS chief Rao for not celebrating
September 17, the day the erstwhile Nizam's state merged with
the Indian Union, as "Hyderabad Liberation Day".
"Due to fear of Owaisi andfor Muslim vote bank
Chandrasekhar Rao stopped celebrating Hyderabad Liberation
Day," he said.
Shah flayed Rao for advancing the assembly polls
which, he claimed, put a burden of hundred of crores of rupees
on the common man.
"Early elections are being held in Telangana out of
the fear of (Narendra) Modi," he asserted.
He claimed the KCR government did not join the Modi
government's affordable health insurance scheme 'Ayushman
Bharat' as it feared the prime minister's popularity will soar
Repeatedly referring to the Rao government's failure
to keep its pre-poll promises, Shah said none of them,
including three acres of land for poor Dalit families,
creation of one lakh government jobs and 2-bedroom houses for
the poor was fulfilled.
He asked the electorate to vote BJP to power in
Telangana so the state could prosper like those ruled by the
Shah also addressed a meeting of booth-level BJP
functionaries in Hyderabad where the strategy for the assembly
polls was discussed. The meeting was out of bounds for the
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