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TRS soft on terrorism: Telengana BJP unit

The local unit of BJP, has been opposing the TRS providing 12 per cent reservation to Muslims, and has accused the TRS of playing the minority appeasement card.

, ET Bureau|
Updated: Apr 15, 2015, 02.24 PM IST
CS Rao has been accused of being lenient to Muslims anti-socials
CS Rao has been accused of being lenient to Muslims anti-socials
HYDERABAD: The Telangana unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is accusing the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) of resorting to political expediency and minority appeasement, a move that could complicate TRS' bid to join the BJP-led NDA combine at the Centre.

The local unit of BJP, which has been opposing the electoral promises of the TRS to provide 12 per cent reservation to Muslims, has been accusing the regional party of playing the minority appeasement card for the ensuing elections of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation.

The party has stepped up its attack on the TRS government ever since four policemen were shot dead by a group of suspected armed Islamic terrorists last fortnight, but the Telangana home minister declared that there was no terror angle to the incident. The armed assailants were killed by the police within two days and identified as two among the seven SIMI activists who fled the Khandwa jail in Madhya Pradesh in October 2013.

“Even after the central teams confirmed the identity of the terrorists, the Telangana government did not utter the word `SIMI' fearing that it was against their political interests in Hyderabad. The state government is going visibly soft on terror,“ said the state BJP's official spokesperson Krishna Saagar Rao.

When the Telangana police gunned down five undertrials with links to Islamic terror groups within a week in an alleged encounter, the BJP commended the Telangana police for acting decisively and not getting cowed down by `petty appeasement politics' of the government. Condemning the encounter and raising serious doubts over the version of the police, the All India Majlis-e-Illehadul Muslimeen chief Asaduddin Owaisi sought an independent enquiry into the incident, while accusing the police of murdering the undertrials.

Even as the human rights activists moved the courts seeking a fair probe into the killings of the undertrials, Owaisi, a three-time Parliament member from Hyderabad, met chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and demanded a CBI enquiry. The Telangana chief minister has announced the constituting a special investigation team for a thorough probe into the incident. The chief minister's office said that the CM “has taken the decision keeping in view the doubts expressed by certain organisations and some individuals on the encounter“.

Questioning the conspicuous silence, the CM, Chandrasekhara Rao maintained for five days on the police firing, the Congress' leader of the Opposition in legislative council Mohammed Shabbir Ali faulted Rao for his adamant stand on not ordering a CBI enquiry.

However, the BJP views that the government has succumbed to the pressures by Muslim groups, mainly to gain from minority politics. Spokesperson Krishna Saagar Rao said the government should not have constituted a separate probe into the encounter since there was a mandatory magisterial and departmental enquiry that should be underway as per the Supreme Court's order.
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