New Delhi: Ruling out any pre or post-poll alliance with Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah on Saturday said that the party will fight on all seats in the upcoming Telangana elections. Speaking at a press conference in Hyderabad, Amit Shah also said that the BJP will emerge as a strong and decisive force in the state after the Assembly elections. Also Read - Amit Shah Discharged From AIIMS, Likely to Attend Parliament on Sept 21
Amit Shah, who arrived on a day-long visit to Telangana on Saturday morning, will launch party’s campaign for the ensuing elections to the Telangana Assembly on Saturday by addressing a public meeting at Mahabubnagar and will also give directions to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s state leaders about poll strategy and election manifesto. Also Read - Weeks After Being Discharged, Amit Shah Re-admitted to AIIMS After Complaining of Breathing Problem
Launching a scathing attack on Chandrasekhar Rao for changing his stand on One Nation One Election, the BJP chief said that has forced a small state to bear expense of two polls (state assembly and 2019 Lok Sabha polls). “I want to ask Telangana CM, why have you put such an expense on the people of Telangana?” he said.
Accusing TRS of doing politics of vote bank and appeasement in Telangana, he said, “Is it not appeasement politics to propose 12% reservation for minority? They know that our constitution does not allow reservation based on religion. If the same government comes back to power, vote bank politics will continue in the state.”
Earlier, caretaker Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao had ruled out any possibility of an alliance with the BJP saying his party is ready to contest “all 119 seats”. Reacting to the same, the saffron party had then said that decision was “your loss, not ours”.
The BJP further added that the party plans to contest on all the constituencies in the state and may state a good chance with Rao’s TRS. “A Modi wave and the national mood could have played a role if both elections would have taken place at the same time. The TRS wants to avoid it,” a source close to BJP told NDTV, adding, “In 1998 the BJP won 24 per cent votes.”