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Liberation Vs Integration: Amit Shah, KCR Battle It Out In Hyderabad

While Amit Shah accused the state government of playing "vote-bank politics", KCR hit back saying communal forces were trying to divide the society and spread hatred among people.

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Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao addresses the public on Telangana National Integration Day in Hyderabad on September 17. (Image: Twitter/ @TelanganaCMO)

Hyderabad: As Hyderabad observed its first official ‘Liberation Day’, the city witnessed the TRS-led state government and BJP-led Centre trying to one-up each other over the celebrations and the message of the day. The state government, in fact, celebrated September 17 as Telangana Jateeya Samaikyata Dinotsavam or the Telangana National Integration Day.

While Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who is on a two-day visit to Telangana, accused the state government of playing “vote-bank politics”, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao hit back saying communal forces were trying to divide the society and spread hatred among people.

Both the leaders also hoisted the national flag on the occasion separately at two different events.

KCR, as the Telangana CM is known popularly, said religious fanaticism was on the rise in the country and the state. Addressing a gathering after unfurling the national flag, Rao warned against the growth of religious fanaticism, which he said will destroy the very life of the nation and result in deterioration of human relationships.

Hitting out at the Centre, he said, “They plant thorns in societal relations for their narrow interests. They are spreading hatred among people with their venomous comments. This kind of division between people is in no way justified.”

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah speaks during celebrations of ‘Hyderabad Liberation Day’ at Parade Ground in Hyderabad, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022. (PTI Photo)

Rao’s comments came minutes after Union Home Minister Amit Shah hoisted the national flag at parade grounds marking the celebrations of ‘Hyderabad Liberation Day’ elsewhere in the city.

The state government celebrated September 17 as Telangana Jateeya Samaikyata Dinotsavam (Telangana National Integration Day) while the Centre named it as Hyderabad Liberation Day’.

The Telangana government had on September 3 announced its decision to observe September 17 as Telangana National Integration Day. September 17 is the day erstwhile Hyderabad State under Nizam rule merged with the Indian Union in 1948.

Rao charged the ‘disruptive forces’ with distorting the occasion of September 17, which stands as a symbol of national unity, to fulfill their narrow and selfish political interests.

These forces which have no connection with the historical events of September 17 are trying to distort and pollute the bright history of Telangana with petty politics, he claimed.

“The Telangana society actively responds in the most intellectual way. The same activeness and intelligence should be shown again. The insidious efforts of these evil and corrupt forces, which are trying to sever the fabric of the nation, must be thwarted. I warn you once again that there is a danger that the society will be thrown into turmoil even if it is forgotten in a blink of an eye.”

Listing the achievements of Telangana after its formation in 2014, the CM said in the industrial sector, investments of to the tune of Rs 232,111 crore have come in the past eight years creating 16.50 lakh jobs.

KCR said Telangana is making unparalleled progress in the field of IT with Rs 1.84 lakh crore worth of exports in 2021 against Rs over 57,000 crore in 2014 and surpassed the country’s growth rate in the sector exports.