Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) President Botcha Satyanarayana today said it was ‘unfortunate’ that the MIM party was accusing the Congress party of supporting the ‘communal forces’ like Sangh Parivar activists in a temple row in old city. MIM President and Hyderabad MP, Asadduddin Owaisi earlier had announced his party withdrawing support to the Congress government due to alleged communal behaviour of the Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy. Addressing a press conference here, Mr Botcha Satyanarayana said ” I never expected” that the MIM party would take such a stand against the Congress party which was striving for the welfare of the Muslim minorities in the country.
He said it was unfortunate that the MIM party was blaming the Congress party terming it was supporting communal forces. He said the Congress party had never supported the communal forces in the country and was a secular party. The Congress party was only protecting the interest of the Muslim minorities and had provided four per cent reservation for them in the state, to uplift the economically backward people in the community, he said. ” We do not know how suddenly MIM taken a such a decision,” he commented and appealed to the party leaders to ‘re-think’ on their step. He said the party honoured all the sections of people irrespective of religions and the historic monument ‘Charminar’ along with the traditional and oldest temple located near the monument should also be protected. The government officials have discussed with the Bhagyalakshmi temple management officials and Muslim leaders over the temple issue, but the government officials have acted as per the court orders given in the temple issue,he said. Though the temple issue was small but very sensitive, he said and adding that the Congress party had taken more steps for maintaining the communal harmony in the country particularly in the state and the leaders including Rajiv Gandhi and Indira Gandhi have sacrificed their lives for it. He also said that the MIM MP Owaisi should recollect his earlier speech in Parliament where he had stated that the Congress is the ‘ only secular party’ in the country and protects the people.
The party was never against the minorities and as part of it, the party has enhanced the budget from Rs 30 crores to Rs 500 crores for welfare of the Muslim minorities in the state, he claimed.