RSS Against Telangana, But BJP Supports It
The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh has given a communal twist to the demand for small states, claiming that Muslims see a higher possibility of domination if some of these are created.“Muslims see a great chance of domination in a new Telangana; they view it as a throwback to the Nizam days when they speak of Telangana. These have dangerous dimensions,” warns an editorial in the latest edition of the Sangh’s weekly journal, Organiser.
Ironically, at a time the Sangh is trying to appropriate and run it, the BJP has been the only party, apart from the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS), to have consistently supported statehood for Telangana.
The article rejects the adoption of “religion and language” as criteria for carving out new states — although religion has never been an official criterion for statehood.
Asked to react, Asaduddin Owaisi, Hyderabad MP and leader of the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen, said: “We have not publicly stated our position (on Telangana statehood).”
However, sources said that in the Majlis’s internal discussions, a view had been expressed that the BJP could gain ground over time in a Telangana state where Muslims would make up 14 per cent of the population. In undivided Andhra Pradesh, they are 9.4 per cent.
“The Hindutva mindset is very much prevalent in Telangana although the BJP might not be strong in the region at the moment,” a source said.
About TRS president K. Chandrasekhar Rao, it says: “Local politicians are prone to foment and support the demand as it helps their career advancement.”
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