Congress Alone Brought Freedom & Granted Separate Telangana State: Uttam
Hyderabad, Sept.17 (Maxim News): Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee president and Nalgonda MP Uttam Kumar Reddy today asserted that Congress and Communist parties only had played a crucial role in the 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 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 the struggle against Nizam at all. He said only the Congress and Communist parties plunged into struggle for Hyderabad’s merger and made supreme sacrifices. He said 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. But the credit for merger of Hyderabad with Indian Union through “Operation Polo” goes to Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
The TPCC chief said the BJP leaders were not aware of the history but were trying to distort the history of Hyderabad’s struggle to draw political mileage. He said the history cannot be changed and no one should try to distort it for whatever the reason. He also reminded that the Congress brought independence for the country in August 1947 after freedom struggle. Similarly, the Congress accorded statehood for Telangana in 2014. The BJP or Sangh Parivar played no role either in country’s freedom struggle, Hyderabad’s merger or in formation of Telangana State.
Uttam Kumar said the Congress party has been celebrating Hyderabad merger every year since 1949. He said the Congress cadre celebrated the Merger Day all across Telangana State 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 also attended the function. (Maxim News)