Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao’s refusal to celebrate officially the ‘Telangana Liberation Day’ on Wednesday has disappointed Telanganites and has also raised a storm in the state.
It was on September 17, 1948, over a year after India got independence, that the Hyderabad state was liberated by the Indian army from the Nizam rule and annexed to the Indian Union. Some districts of the then Hyderabad state are now in Karnataka and Maharashtra.
While many Telanganites expected a grand gala on the first liberation day in the separate Telangana, the KCR government chose not to make it a state celebration.
This is surprising as it was KCR, as the TRS chief leading the statehood movement, who demanded the governments of the united state to celebrate it as an independence day for the region and even accused them of undermining the Telangana sentiment.
“It would be a TRS event this time too. It was not celebrated as a state event before and we have also not taken any such decision now,” KCR said on Tuesday in reply to queries from reporters.
The BJP has accused the KCR’s decision as aimed to appease the AIMIM and the Muslim vote bank in the state especially Hyderabad which is going to civic polls later this year. Party activists who attempted to unfurl the national flag on the Golconda Fort were overpowered by the Police. Several were detained at other places too.
BJP, TDP, Congress and the Left celebrated the day in their capacities as political parties and accused the government as disrespecting the public emotions.
The common people too expressed their anger. “Today is the actual day of independence for Telangana. Now that we are separated and have our own government, the state should have celebrated it officially as the liberation day,” said S Satyanarayana from Karimnagar.
Several in the TRS and the KCR government too expressed their dissatisfaction though in hushed tones.
The State government’s decision to name the Hyderabad Metro mascot as Niz, purportedly after the Nizam, also drew flak.