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BJP distorting history of Hyderabad’s merger: Uttam

Hyderabad: Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) President and Nalgonda MP Capt. N. Uttam Kumar Reddy said that only Congress and Communist parties have played a role in struggle for Hyderabad‘s merger with Indian Union.

Speaking after hosting the national flag at Gandhi Bhavan on the anniversary of 71st anniversary of Hyderabad Merger Day at Gandhi Bhavan on Tuesday, Uttam Kumar Reddy said it was ridiculous that BJP leader Ram Madhav, who hails from Andhra, was speaking about Hyderabad Liberation despite the fact that BJP or its predecessors did not participate in struggle against Nizam.

He said only the Congress and Communist parties were active in struggle for Hyderabad’s merger and gave several sacrifices.

He said the last Nizam Mir Osman Ali Khan had refused to join Hyderabad State with the Indian Union and wanted to either join Pakistan or stay independent. He said the credit for merger of Hyderabad with Indian Union through Operation Polo goes to Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Vallabh Patel.

Uttam Kumar Reddy alleged that the BJP leaders were not aware of the history but they are trying to distort the history of Hyderabad’s struggle to draw political mileage. He said that the history cannot be changed and no one should try to distort it for whatever may be the reason.

The TPCC Chief said that it was the Congress party which brought independence for the country in August 1947 after a long battle for freedom. Likewise, it was the Congress party which granted statehood for Telangana in 2014.

BJP or the members of Sangh Parivar played no role either in freedom struggle, Hyderabad’s merger or in formation of Telangana State. However, he said BJP leaders were trying to make an issue out of Hyderabad Merger Day. He asked the Congress party leaders to enlighten the young generation about the real history of Hyderabad and struggle for Telangana.

Uttam Kumar Reddy said that the Congress party has been celebrating the occasion every year since 1949. He said the Congress cadre celebrated the Hyderabad Merger Day all across Telangana by hoisting national flag at district headquarters.

Congress senior leaders including K. Jana Reddy, Ponnam Prabhakar, Kusum Kumar and other leaders were also present on the occasion.

Later, Uttam Kumar Reddy also participated in the function organised by Congress leader G. Niranjan at Telangana Martyrs’ Memorial at Koti. Congress leaders V. Hanumantha Rao, Shashidhar Reddy, Vishnuvardhan Reddy, Kodanda Reddy, Telangana Jana Samithi president Prof. Kodandaram and several freedom fighters were also attended the function. (INN)

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