HYDERABAD: In a frontal attack on Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, Praja Rajyam (PR) president K. Chiranjeevi wondered what people like those who had ‘engineered’ communal riots in the State capital could do to help improve the lot of Muslims.
Addressing a meeting of Muslims at a private function hall in the old city, he recalled former Chief Minister late Marri Chenna Reddy saying that some leaders had triggered riots in the old city to unseat him as Chief Minister. He asked people to consider whether Congress leaders, who could do anything to dethrone a Chief Minister, would ever seriously think of the welfare of the minority community.
Mr. Chiranjeevi regretted that successive governments had treated the Muslim community only as a vote bank. He said the PR, as a secular party, would look after the interests of the minorities and come up with innovative programmes and improved allocation for their development.
He accused the Congress of being responsible for the demolition of Babri Masjid and pointed a finger at the BJP for the Godhra carnage. By not speaking out against the BJP for the Godhra incidents, the TDP could not also call itself secular. Continuing to attack the BJP, Mr. Chiranjeevi said there was no way his party would ever align with such a party
Mr. Chiranjeevi announced the name of Humayun as the candidate for the newly created Jubilee Hills constituency.