Union home minister Rajnath Singh addressing a public meeting at Nizamabad in Telangana on Sunday said that annexation of Hyderabad into Indian union was made possible by the then Deputy Prime Minister Sardar Vallabbhai Patel. It was through the Indian army’s “Operation Polo” that the princely state of Hyderabad joined Indian union on 17 September 1948, almost a year after India got independence.
The Home Minister said that the nation and Telangana will never forget the liberation of Hyderabad from the hands of Razakars who played havoc with the lives of oppressed and women. He said that British have tried to segregate the nation, but Indians have set aside differences and united in Independence. “After Independence, the Congress has institutionalized corruption and thousands of crores were syphoned off through corruption. Can anyone show one instance of corruption in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s governance,” he asked.
The public meeting was organized by Telangana branch of BJP at local Polytechnic College grounds to highlight the popular demand for the official celebration of the merger of the erstwhile Nizam State with the Indian Union. While the ruling TRS which has once demanded 17 September to be celebrated as Liberation Day has taken a U-turn after winning elections. “The BJP is trying to create a rift between Hindus and Muslims by demanding liberation day,” Telangana Home Minister Nayani Narsimha Reddy said at party headquarters. He hoisted the national flag on the occasion.
The Telangana BJP on its part has met the state governor ERSL Narsimhan and urged him to advise TRS government to officially celebrate the day. BJP state president Dr Laxman declared that if BJP comes in to power in state in 2019 it would officially celebrate Liberation day on 17 September.