Hyderabad: Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) president N Uttam Kumar Reddy said that the protection and welfare of Muslims and other minorities was always a part of the Congress agenda and that he would follow it in Telangana. In a live interaction with the Congress party workers on social media platform Facebook on Wednesday, Uttam Kumar Reddy greeted the Muslims from across Telangana on the beginning of the holy month of Ramzan from May 17.
He said that the Congress party believes that all sections of society, including Muslims, should get equal opportunities for growth and prosperity. He said Congress president Rahul Gandhi too advocates the same views. However, he said there had been rise in incidents of communal violence after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power at the Centre. He said the BJP-ruled States like UP, Gujarat and Rajasthan have been witnessing more number of attacks on minorities.
He said a sense of insecurity was being inculcated by the BJP, RSS and other outfits of Sangh Parivar.
He also alleged that the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre was trying to divide the society on communal lines.
Speaking about the condition of Muslims in the Telangana State, he said that Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao cheated the community by promising 12 per cent reservation. He said not a single promise made with the community had been fulfilled so far. He said four per cent of Muslim reservation, which was implemented by previous regime of the Congress was still under implementation and so far, it benefitted lakhs of poor Muslims.
Uttam Kumar Reddy also alleged that the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government cheated STs too in the name of 12 per cent reservation. He said that the promise of enhancement of quota for STs and Muslims remained unimplemented for the last four years and the Chief Minister was not in a position to explain the exact status of Reservation Bill which was passed in the Assembly and sent to the Centre.
The TPCC chief said that the promises of three acres land for Dalits and STs and double bed room houses for poor were also not fulfilled. However, KCR government is trying to create a wrong impression that it had fulfilled all the promises and resolved all problems. Uttam Kumar Reddy thanked people for the success of Praja Chaitanya Bus Yatra. He said so far 35 Assembly constituencies have been covered and response has been tremendous in all the constituencies.
He said that the ongoing phase of bus yatra would continue till May 19. While supporting payment of Rs 4,000 per acre to farmers under 'Rythu Bandhu', he asked the TRS government why these payments were not made to farmers during the last four years ago.