Akbar Defends Nizam, Flays Dragging Him into T Row - The New Indian Express

Akbar Defends Nizam, Flays Dragging Him into T Row

Published: 21st January 2014 08:46 AM

Last Updated: 21st January 2014 11:09 AM

Nizam’s rule is nothing to do with state bifurcation; Telangana suffered a lot in the last 60 years and that is the reason for the present situation, MIM member Akbaruddin Owaisi said in the Assembly on Monday. No one could keep the state united by bringing Nizam into the picture, he said.

“We are proud of Nizam’s rule. I am a successor of the Nizam,” declared Owaisi during the debate on Telangana bill.

The debate got derailed after remarks of TDP’s P Keshav, TRS leader E Rajender and legislative affairs minister S Sailajanath.

Sailajanath said praising Nizam would be construed as anti-national. During the debate, the separate Telangana movement was linked to Nizam rule.

Responding to this, Akbaruddin Owaisi said: “I have a strong objection to the words used by the legislative affairs minister. Whatever is happening in the state today is nothing to do with the Nizam. How is Nizam  responsible for the happenings in the state? Who is responsible for the bifurcation of the state?” Akbaruddin asked.

“You cannot keep the state united by speaking against Nizam, who contributed a lot to the nation. During China war in 1962, Nizam gave two truck loads of gold coins to the Central government and also purchased Rs 9 lakh government bond floated to fund the war. All this is Nizam’s personal money. Nizam stood for national integrity. I am proud of Nizam’s rule,” Akbaruddin said.

He recalled that the then prime minster Jawaharlal Nehru termed Hyderabad state as a miniature of India. Nizam gave money for the development of temples at Yadagirigutta, Tirumala, Bhadrachalam and other places, and funded translation of Bhagavadgita, he said. “Let us not scratch old wounds; the bleed will hurt every one,” Akbaruddin said.

The MIM MLA also objected the claims of Seemandhra people over Hyderabad. “Telangana suffered a lot during the last 60 years. That is the reason for the present situation. Urdu speaking people never wanted any state of their own. Urdu speaking people wanted respect for Urdu language,” he added.

“Everybody came to Hyderabad as it is developed by th Nizam. No one else developed Hyderabad, he said and recalled that way back in 1854, Nizam started educational institutions in Hyderabad. Several people from Seemandhra came to Hyderabad to purse education,” he said.

When Rayalaseema leaders were chief ministers for over 27 years, why did they fail to develop their region? Akbaruddin questioned.

“The first post office, railway station and power plant came up in Hyderabad. Hyderabad got power 17 years before Madras,” he claimed.

Several people, including chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, P Ashok Gajapati Raju and others studied in the Jagirdar school (now Hyderabad Public School), which was established by the Nizam, he said. Akbaruddin’s speech will continue on Tuesday.

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