New Delhi: Telangana caretaker Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao had burdened the state with crores of rupees by opting for early polls, alleged Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah on Sunday. He also hit out at Congress claiming that the grand old party, in its manifesto for the December 7 polls, had promised “free electricity” to mosques and churches but not to temples.

Telangana would have saved hundreds of crores of rupees had it opted for the Assembly polls along with the Lok Sabha election in May next year. KCR burdened the state with crores of rupees of election expenditure. Who is responsible for this? KCR was doubtful of his victory in May, fearing a (Prime Minister) Modi wave,” said Shah, while Speaking at an election rally in Mahbubnagar’s Narayanpet.

The BJP president accused both the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and the Congress of ‘appeasing’ the minorities. Addressing the gathering, Shah asserted that as part of its politics of minority appeasement, the opposition party had promised an educational aid of Rs 20 lakh to the minority students if it came to power in Telangana.

“The Congress also speaks (in its manifesto) about reservations for the minorities in government contracts. It also talks about separate hospitals for the minorities. I want to ask (Congress president) Rahul Gandhi, what would be the fate of the poor people who do not belong to the minority communities,” he said.

Shah reiterated that the saffron party was not in favour of reservations based on religion as it was against the Constitution. “The Telangana chief minister has promised a 12-per cent reservation for Muslims. The BJP and its cadre will ensure that a reservation based on religion will not be implemented in Telangana,” he asserted.

He also took a dig at Asaduddin Owaisi-led All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) and the TRS and said that due to the fear of Owaisi brothers KCR did not celebrate the state’s Liberation Day on September 17.

Taking a dig at the Asaduddin Owaisi-led All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) and the TRS, Shah claimed that due to the fear of the Owaisi brothers, the KCR government no longer celebrated the state’s Liberation Day on September 17 and vowed that if the BJP came to power in Telangana, the Hyderabad Liberation Day will be celebrated with fanfare.

“Akbaruddin says whoever becomes the chief minister of Telangana should keep his head at the feet of the Majlis (AIMIM),” he said.

Telangana will go to polls to choose a new government on December 7, 2018 with the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) bidding to retain power and the Congress-led alliance ready for a no-holds-barred contest. The 119-member Assembly was dissolved on September 6 on the recommendation of the K Chandrasekhar Rao-led TRS government, more than eight months ahead of the expiry of its term, paving the way for early elections.