Hyderabad, Sept 16: Bharatiya Janata Party is all set to give a big push to its political activities in Telangana State following the visit of Union Minister Amit Shah on Friday.

Besides reviving the controversial Hyderabad Liberation day celebrations on September 17 in Nirmal and insisting TRS government to officially celebrate the event annually, Amit Shah plans to give a clear message to people that BJP has no truck with TRS and it will strive to win next polls on its own.

Sources in BJP told Newsmeter that Amit Shah, who got feedback on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao meetings and their cordial relationship, plans to set the record straight and give a clear message from Nirmal that TRS is its arch-rival. This is aimed dispel confusion in leaders and cadre besides people on alleged TRS-BJP secret tie-up.

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Amit Shah will address a public meeting at the little known "Veyi Udala Marri" near Nirmal town. It is claimed 'Razakars' killed 1,000 people fighting against Nizam's government near a banyan tree at Udala Marri, now called "Veyi Udala Marri."

Though KCR favored Hyderabad Liberation Day celebrations during T-movement, he backed out after his party was voted to power and his party's friendly ties with MIM. TRS and MIM assert such celebration revives "old wounds" and creates disharmony, since both Muslims and Hindus were victims of Razakars.

There are some who still hold Nizam in high esteem and do not like criticism of Nizam and his rule. On the political front, there have been speculation and confusion over Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao's cordial ties with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Central Government, which led to State Congress repeatedly accusing "TRS is B team of BJP." It caused dent to BJP.

Despite going hammer and tongs against KCR and TRS government, State BJP president Bandi Sanjay is finding the track slippery even as Congress under the leadership of A Revant Reddy is attracting public attention.

"Amit Shah will give a clear message to party leaders and cadre that TRS is their political enemy and BJP will strive to win the next polls on its own. This will clear the confusion if any among the people. Our rivals are falsely spreading TRS-BJP tie-up," N Ramchander Rao, Ex MLC, and BJP National Executive Member told Newsmeter on Thursday.

"CM meeting PM is in an official capacity and has no political overtones," he added.

Sources also said that BJP will focus more on development in future and avoid to maximum extent communal harpings. Hyderabad Liberation day marks the surrender of Nizam VII Mir Osman Ali Khan Bahadur to the Indian Army in 1948 and the accession of Hyderabad State to the Indian Union under the leadership of the then Union Home Minister Sardar Patel under the code name "Operation Polo."

However, Hyderabad State officially merged into the Indian Union on January 26, 1950. Telangana, Marathwada, and four districts of Karnataka bordering Telangana State was part of the former princely Hyderabad state.

Maharashtra and Karnataka celebrates liberation day besides BJP and other groups in Telangana. MIM and some other groups are opposed to it. However, there is still confusion over the nomenclature of the event and among historians, authors, political parties, and others as to how to describe the Indian Government takeover of princely Hyderabad State. Some call it surrender, some annexation and liberation. Government India documents describe it as "Surrender and Accession" Though officially it was called "Police action" but in fact, it was a Military operation.

Union Minister for Tourism, Culture, and Development of Northeast States G. Kishan Reddy, National OBC Morcha president K. Laxman, Telangana BJP president Bandi Sanjay Kumar, Party general secretary G. Premander Reddy and others have been demanding official Hyderabad Liberation day celebrations on the lines of Karnataka and Maharashtra.

"People of Hyderabad attained freedom from the atrocities of the Nizam-Razakaars after the decisive action under the leadership of the then Home Minister Sardar Patel. Chief Minister Chandrasekhar Rao after making a hue and cry about it during the agitation for a separate State has forgotten about it to please the Majlis Party leaders," Premander Reddy alleged.

BJP also wants stories of valor of freedom fighters, Nizam-Razakaars tyranny and related incidents to be included in educational curriculum, a martyr's memorial by 2022, and development of all sites where locals fought against Razakars.

CR Gowri Shanker

CR Gowri Shanker is a senior journalist and former political editor of Deccan Chronicle

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