BJP-TRS showdown on the cards over ‘Hyderabad Liberation Day’
The saffron outfit had been demanding for years that the celebrations of the "liberation of Hyderabad State" be made official. This year, the opposition party seems to be pressing it with a lot more vigour and aggression. BJP national president Amit Shah is slated to address a public meeting in Warangal district on September 17 as part of 'Hyderabad Liberation Day' being celebrated by the party's state unit.
The Hyderabad State, which was under the Nizam's Rule, merged with the Indian Union on September 17, 1948, following a "police action". The BJP views the Nizam's Rule as "tyrannical".
During the "autocratic" rule of the Nizam, Telugu language was discouraged as the medium of instruction in educational institutions, Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu had recently said, while asking the Telangana government to officially celebrate the day as 'Hyderabad Liberation Day'.
Speaking on Tuesday, TRS leader and Karimnagar MP B Vinod Kumar said the ruling party wanted to build a consensus on the issue of the government officially celebrating the day as there were "divergent views" among the political parties on whether the occasion should be called 'Merger Day' or 'Liberation Day' among other issues. Ever since it was formed, TRS has been celebrating the day by hoisting the national flag but without mentioning it as 'Merger Day' or 'Liberation Day'.