‘Hyderabad Liberation Day’ not celebrated officially so far due to vote bank politics: Amit Shah

Union Minister for Home Affairs Amit Shah participates in the 75th Hyderabad Liberation Day Celebrations.
Union Minister for Home Affairs Amit Shah participates in the 75th Hyderabad Liberation Day Celebrations.PIC: ANI

Hyderabad, Sep 17: Union Home Minister Amit Shah stated on Saturday, in a veiled attack on the ruling TRS, that it is sad that the ‘Hyderabad Liberation Day’ has not been celebrated formally in Telangana all these years due to “vote bank politics,” despite several leaders promising to do so.

He said he would like to congratulate Prime Minister NarendraModi for deciding to commemorate the day.

Shah was speaking at the Union Government’s official celebration of ‘Hyderabad Liberation Day’ to mark the occasion of erstwhile Hyderabad State under Nizam rule merging with the Indian Union on September 17, 1948.

“...when there was a demand in the region that Hyderabad Liberation Day be celebrated with government endorsement, it is unfortunate that, 75 years are over, but those who were in government here could not dare celebrate Hyderabad Liberation Day due to vote bank politics,” he charged.

In an apparent reference to Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, he said many people had promised during elections and agitations to commemorate the day but went back on them after coming to power.

“Many people had made promises, during elections and during agitations. But, after coming to power, they turned back due to the fear of ‘Razakars’ (armed supporters of Nizam rule),” he said.

He congratulated Modi for his decision to officially celebrate the day.

Shah said he is not surprised but happy that everybody now celebrates the day after Modi taking the decision.

“They celebrate the day. But, it is not called ‘Hyderabad Liberation Day’. There is still fear in the mind. I would like to tell them that remove that fear. ‘Razakars’ cannot make decisions in this country. It has been 75 years since this country got independence,” he said.

Modi took the decision in deference to the feelings of the people of Telangana, Maharashtra and Karnataka, he said.

Shah credited the country’s first Home Minister SardarVallabhbhai Patel for the liberation of Hyderabad.

If not for Sardar Patel, it would have probably taken many more years for Hyderabad to get liberated and he knew that as long as Nizam’sRazakars could not be defeated, the dream of Akhand Bharat will not be fulfilled, Shah said.

He paid tributes to KomramBheem, RamjiGond, Swami RamanandTirtha, former Prime Minister PV NarasimhaRao, M Chenna Reddy and many others who fought for freedom.

The intention to celebrate the ‘Hyderabad Liberation Day’ is to take the story of struggle for liberation to the young generation, he said.

He said research should be carried out in universities on the liberation struggle.

Shah also recalled the atrocities of ‘Razakars’ during the Nizam rule in the Hyderabad State which included Telangana and some districts of present-day Maharashtra and Karnataka.

He said he would like to tell the people of Telangana and also those who cannot call the day as ‘Hyderabad Liberation Day’ that not paying tributes to the thousands of martyrs amounts to their betrayal.

Union Tourism and Culture Minister G Kishan Reddy, Maharashtra Chief Minister EknathShinde and Karnataka Transport Minister B Sriramulu spoke on the occasion.

While the first Union Home Minister Sardar Patel unfurled the tricolour in Hyderabad on September 17, 1948, the incumbent Shah was doing so after 74 years, Reddy said.

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