Hyderabad: The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), on 20 November, filed a complaint against BJP state president Bandi Sanjay and the saffron party for violating the Model Code of Conduct ahead of the GHMC elections. The complaint was filed with the State Election Commission after Sanjay called Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao "desh drohi" and "anti- Hindu".

The TRS said that the BJP leader's statement "Deshabhakthulakuku Deshadrohulujaruguthinna Yudhham" is objectionable and offensive.

"Our president KCR, who is a patriot in his own right and second to none, fought valiantly to form a state for the people of Telangana. He is the most respectable person in the state. Calling him desh drohi is intolerable," said Palla Rajeshwar Reddy and Soma Bharat Kumar, the general secretaries of the TRS, in the complaint. They further said that KCR is a "pious Hindu" who has faith in his religion which preaches tolerance.

In the complaint, the TRS claimed that Sanjay was trying to communalise and poison the minds of voters by misleading and provoking them against the TRS by saying "Osma Bin Laden, Afzal Guru, Yakub Memon, Aurangzeb, Babar, and Akbar Varasuluga TRS, MIM Party Nayakuluabhyardhuluga mee mumdhukuvasthunnaru."

"The statement was made by Mr. Sanjay during the election campaign when the Model Code of Conduct was in force. The same was captured on video and is being circulated on social media. This speech shows that the BJP is clearly seeking votes on the ground of religion," said the TRS general secretaries.

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