The Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday accused the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen of creating communal disturbances in the Old City to cover up its inability to bring development in the Old City.
Addressing a press conference at State headquarters at Nampally, BJP State President G Kishan Reddy blamed the MIM for the recent communal disturbances. He said that although the MIM has been enjoying power in the Old City for the last 40 years, the area did not witness any development. The Hyderabad Lok Sabha seat was being won by the MIM since 1984, but it failed to bring any Central project for the city. Further, he said that MCH head office was shifted from Sardar Mahal in the Old City to new city at Tank Bund.
Kishan Reddy said that the MIM leaders unnecessary created a controversy around Bhagyanagar Temple only to blackmail the State Government to get land of Mahavir Hospital. He said the non-seriousness about the MIM’s decision could be gauged from the fact that it did not even gave a formal letter to Governor ESL Narasimhan about the withdrawal of support. The MIM leaders did not even sought time for appointment with the Governor, he said.
The BJP leader questioned the silence of Telugu Desam Party, Telangana Rashtra Samithi and YSR Congress party on the temple issue and said these parties were apparently waiting for the MIM to severe its ties with the Congress so that they themselves could have tie-up. However, he advised them against having an alliance with a communal party.
Kishan Reddy said that although the MIM itself engineered communal disturbance, it went to the State Human Rights Commission against City Police. He said it was the MIM that created problems for the small traders, vendors and small hawkers in the Old City. Stating that the BJP was in favour of development of Old City, he said on given an opportunity, the party would work for the economic empowerment of Muslim community.
The BJP also accused the MIM of misusing the religious leaders affiliated to United Muslim Action Committee as a tool for its political gains. He appealed to the Muslim religious leaders to realise the political ambitions of MIM and stop getting exploited. He also said that Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy has become a scapegoat in the entire episode.
BJP State Minority Morcha president Syed Haneef Ali was also present in the press conference. (INN)