Hyderabad Liberation Day: Union Home Minister Amit Shah participates in the Hyderabad Liberation Day celebration on Sunday (September 17). The celebration is being held at Parade Grounds, Secunderabad.
The 'Liberation Day' celebrations are being organised by the central government at the Parade Grounds. On September 17, 1948, the erstwhile princely state of Hyderabad merged with the Indian Union. Shah had participated in the official celebration of ‘ Liberation Day’ organised by the Centre in Hyderabad last year.
'No govt celebrated Hyderabad Liberation Day'
Amit Shah said that no government in the past 75 years celebrated the historic Hyderabad Liberation Day. "After the independence from the British, Cruel Nizam ruled the state for 399 days. These 399 days were torturous for the people of Telangana. Sardar Patel helped the state gain freedom on the 400th day. Various organisations came forward for the struggle," he said.
'Political parties hesitate to celebrate Liberation Day due to vote bank politics'
Slamming the earlier governments, the Home Minister said that due to 'appeasement policies' previous governments were always afraid, and did not celebrate Telangana Liberation Day.
"Patriotic leaders like KM Munshi and Sardar Patel were responsible for the liberation of Hyderabad," he added. He further urged the people of Telangana, Karnataka and Marathwada region of Maharashtra to always remember the sacrifice made by their patriots.
Shah said that the people of the country would turn away from those who turn away from it's history. "It is 'unfortunate' even after the formation of Telangana parties hesitate to celebrate 'Liberation Day' due to vote bank politics," he said.
Shah said that from 11th position in 2014, India has reached the fifth spot in the world economy now.
Amit Shah unfurls national flag
The Home Minister unfurled the national flag at Parade Ground during Hyderabad Liberation Day celebrations and inspected the parade.
'Testament to unwavering patriotism and the unceasing struggle'
Shah also greeted the people of the erstwhile princely state of Hyderabad on the occasion of Hyderabad Liberation Day. In a message posted on X, he said, “Happy Hyderabad Liberation Day to all the people of Hyderabad. This day is a testament to the unwavering patriotism and the unceasing struggle of the people of the Hyderabad State for freedom from the evil rule and oppression of the Nizam. My heartfelt tributes to all who were martyred in the liberation struggle of Hyderabad.”
Shah, who arrived in Hyderabad on Saturday, was received by Union Tourism Minister and Telangana BJP president G Kishan Reddy, party's National General Secretary Bandi Sanjay Kumar, and other leaders at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport.
Poll-bound Telangana will witness hectic activity today, particularly regarding the commemoration of the merger of this former princely state with the Indian Union 75 years ago. The BJP, the ruling BRS party, and the AIMIM have all organized events to celebrate this historic day.
Telangana government will organise official function
The Telangana government also plans to hold an official event on September 17, commemorating it as 'National Integration Day,' with Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao slated to be in attendance.
The AIMIM, led by Asaduddin Owaisi, will organise a 'Tiranga bike rally' and subsequently host a public gathering on Sunday evening to mark 'National Integration Day.'
Meanwhile, the Congress is convening its Working Committee (CWC) session today and an extended working committee meeting on Sunday in the city. On Sunday evening, the party is planning to hold a public gathering at Tukkuguda on the outskirts of the city. During this event, the party will unveil its 'guarantees' for the upcoming Assembly elections in Telangana.
BJP celebrates Telangana Liberation Day to commemorate the region’s freedom
The BJP celebrates the day as 'Telangana liberation day', to commemorate the region’s freedom from erstwhile Nizam rule. The saffron party has been fighting for its official celebration by the governments for over two decades now. The saffron party has been critical of the incumbent BRS government for not organising an official function despite being in favour of it during the Telangana statehood agitation.
The CPI has been conducting week-long celebrations of the 'Telangana armed struggle' contending that the struggle, spearheaded by the Communists, led to the merger of the Nizam's Hyderabad State with Indian Union.
(With agencies input)