Union home minister Amit Shah on Sunday took the political campaign heat a notch above after he reached Hyderabad to campaign for the party for the upcoming Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections. He visited the Bhagyalakshmi Temple in Old City area of Hyderabad to offer prayers and held a roadshow from Warasiguda in Secunderabad to Sitaphalmandi before addressing his party workers.
The GHMC polls, slated for December 1, will witness a triangular fight between the ruling party in the state, Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), AIMIM, and BJP, which recently bagged the Dubbak Assembly seat in the recently concluded by-polls.
Here are the highlights from his address ahead of GHMC polls:
– This time Mayor of Hyderabad will be from our party. I want to thank people of Hyderabad for showing immense support to BJP.
– The type of corporation in Hyderabad headed by TRS and Majlis is the biggest impetus in making Hyderabad the IT hub of the world. About 60 lakh people were disturbed due to water filling the city due to rain. Illegal construction takes place at the behest of the Majlis, which prevents the drainage of water.
– I assure the people of Hyderabad that once the BJP has a chance, we will remove all illegal constructions and smooth the drainage of water.
– Hyderabad is benefitting a lot from investment in the IT sector. PM Modi has created a lot of opportunities for the youth and it shows in the faith shown in India by foreign investors.
– PM Modi has opened the way for ‘work from anywhere’. The IT professionals working in Hyderabad are going to benefit the most from this move.
– The public of Hyderabad demands to know what happened to the 100-day scheme KCR and Majlis promised. If you have done anything in 5 years, then keep it here in front of the public. What happened to the Citizen Charter promised?
– We’re going to free Hyderabad from the Nawab, Nizam culture and create a mini-India here. We want to build Hyderabad into a modern city, free from the shackles of Nizam culture.
– Narendra Modi ji brought the Ayushman Bharat Yojana for the people of Hyderabad so that the poor could get the benefit of free treatment up to Rs 5 lakh a year. You did not allow this scheme to be implemented in Hyderabad due to political reasons
– We want to move Hyderabad from Dynasty to democracy. Whether it is Owaisi Sahab’s party or TRS, everybody questions us. I want to ask that in such a large state of Telangana do you find no one but your family? Does anyone have any talent?
– I want to ask KCR why do you have a secret agreement with Majlis? Why not dare to share open seats with the Majlis?
Farmers’ Protests Not Political: Union Home Minister Amit Shah
With thousands of farmers continuing with their protests against the Centre’s new farm laws, Union home minister Amit Shah on Sunday said the new laws were meant for the welfare of farmers and called their agitation apolitical.
“The new farm laws are meant for the welfare of farmers. After a long time the farmer will be able to come out of a locked system. Whoever wants to oppose it politically let them do it. I have never said the farmers’ protest is political and would never say so,” Amit Shah said.
Earlier, Shah had appealed to the protesting farmers to shift to the Burari ground in the national capital to stage their protests and said the Centre was ready to hold discussions with them as soon as they relocate.
Replying to a query, Shah also criticised AIMIM chief and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi over his reported remarks questioning the NDA government for not taking any action against Pakistanis, Rohingyas and Bangladeshis illegally residing in Hyderabad.
“When I take action they (Owaisi and other parties) create ruckus in Parliament. Have you not seen? Let them give me a written statement requesting to expel Rohingyas and Bangladeshis, then I will initiate action. It should not just be empty speech limited to elections. When there is discussion over the matter in Parliament, who takes their side? The people of the country are well aware about the issue,” Shah said.
During the poll campaign for the Hyderabad’s civic body polls, both AIMIM and BJP had engaged in a heated exchange of statements over alleged presence of illegal migrants in the city.