BJP President Amit Shah on Saturday slammed Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao for not celebrating Hyderabad Liberation Day, saying he was afraid of AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi.
He also targeted Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government for not allowing the schemes launched by the central government from reaching the people in the state and alleged that the ruling party is spending the money to buy MLAs from other parties.
Shah was addressing a public meeting in this town in Warangal district to mark Hyderabad 'Liberation day', marking the day in 1948 that erstwhile Hyderabad State had merged with the Indian Union following "Police Action", as the Indian military operation against Nizam's army is popularly called.
Shah said Karnataka, Marathwada and Telangana had to wait a year longer for independence as Nizam let loose his army of 'Razakars' on the people. He said the 'Razakars' committed excesses and killed thousands of people in villages.
"While Maharashtra and Karnataka officially celebrate liberation day, it is unfortunate that Telangana Chief Minister KCR feels ashamed to celebrate it," he said.
Shah said KCR was afraid of Owaisi and was doing vote bank politics. "KCR feels Owaisi will help him in remaining in power. KCR should understand people's sentiment. People of Telangana have made you CM and not Owaisi," he added.
The BJP chief said if Owaisi remained KCR's priority, people would teach him a lesson in 2019 elections.
Exuding confidence that BJP will come to power in Telangana with absolute majority in 2019, he said BJP would then officially celebrate Hyderabad liberation day.
Listing out the schemes launched by Modi government during last two years, Shah alleged that KCR had stalled implementation of these schemes in the state.
Claiming that the central government gave Rs 90,000 crore to Telangana in two years, he said the money had not reached the grass roots.
"Where has this money gone? You may have seen people from TDP, from YSR Congress or Congress joining KCR's party. Are they joining the party for free?" Shah asked.
Alleging that KCR government is indulging in corruption, he said it should realize that it can't continue ruling the state with defections as people have seen through its game.
Earlier, Shah participated in the 'Swachh Bharat' programme in Hyderabad on the occasion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 66th birthday.
Soon after his arrival at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, he took part in the programme organised by the party at Shamshabad, on the city outskirts.
Speaking on the occasion, Shah said various programmes were being organised across the country to mark Modi's birthday.
The BJP chief said under Modi's leadership, the country is touching new heights.
"We pray for his good health and long life so that he continues to serve the country for a long time," said Shah while greeting Modi on behalf of the party.
Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya, BJP's Telangana unit president K. Laxman and other leaders also participated in the programme.