Telugu Desam Party leader calls for a debate
Former Minister N. Md. Farooq said minorities across the State are concerned about the outcome of the State bifurcation.
Addressing a meeting of minorities at TDP office here on Tuesday, he said the minorities were worried about their security in the divided States. When there was no proper protection for the life and properties of minorities within the unified Andhra Pradesh, how could one expect justice in divided States which were being formed on the basis of sub-regional sentiments.
He called for a debate on the security of minorities before formation of new States and clear-cut assurances from the Centre. He said the powers to maintain the properties of Wakf Board should be vested with the respective boards rather than the government.
He accused the Congress of treating the minorities as vote bank and had never done anything constructive for their welfare.
During the TDP rule 500 shadikhanas and 800 mosques were constructed with the financial assistance from the government. After the Congress came to power, the government failed to provide assistance even for maintenance of these buildings, he said.
He said the incidents of communal riots were minimised during the TDP rule because of its commitment to communal harmony. Riots took place in the Congress rule even in places like Adoni, he alleged.
TDP district President Somisetty Venkateswarlu, M.A. Sharieff and others were present.