Shabbir condemns Bandi Sanjay’s ‘surgical strike’ remarks

Hyderabad, November 24: Former Minister & ex-Leader of Opposition in Telangana Legislative Council Mohammed Ali Shabbir has strongly condemned State BJP President Bandi Sanjay’s statement wherein he promised that his party would conduct surgical strike on Old City after winning GHMC elections.

“As a Member of Parliament, Bandi Sanjay must know that surgical strikes are conduct in enemy’s land and not in our own country. Is he trying to say that Old City of Hyderabad is not part of India? He should be ashamed of himself for stooping to such a low level just to win a few seats in GHMC elections. He is clearly trying to create a divide in the society on the basis of religion and it is highly regrettable that neither the Election Commission nor the Hyderabad Police are taking any action against him for such provocative statements,” Shabbir Ali said in a media statement on Tuesday.

He said that the issue of Rohingyas should be dealt by the Central Government. Therefore, instead of making communalising the peaceful atmosphere in Hyderabad, he should question his own party (BJP) which is in power for the last six years, as to why it failed not resolve the issue. By describing Old City as hub of terrorism, Sanjay is directly questioning the capabilities of Union Home Minister Amit Shah in handling terrorism.

Shabbir Ali said that the BJP leader has been making provocative statements without showing any respect for the law or the Model Code of Conduct. “Instead of inciting communal hatred, Bandi Sanjay must explain what BJP Government did for Hyderabad in the last six years. He should give details of how much funds were released by the Modi Govt for the development of Hyderabad, relief amount during Corona pandemic and lockdown period and the assistance given to the flood affected people. By giving provocative statements he is trying to cover up the fact that the BJP Government at the Centre did nothing for Hyderabad,” he said.

The Congress leader also accused MIM President Asaduddin Owaisi of promoting communalism in Hyderabad. He said both BJP and MIM were two sides of the same coin who wants to win elections on the basis of religious hatred and not on the basis of performance. He alleged that Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao was the mastermind behind the entire rivalry drama being enacted by TRS, MIM and BJP. Since TRS Government has failed on all fronts, CM KCR is using BJP leaders to divert people’s attention, he alleged.

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