The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was trying to divide the people of Telangana on the basis of religion for its political benefit, the 1969 Telangana Movement Founders Forum has alleged.
Speaking to reporters here on Wednesday Forum co-convenor Chiranjeevi Kolluri said the forum welcomes the BJP’s decision to carve out Telangana state if it comes to power at the Centre, but to come to power, if it tries to polarise people, then the people of Telangana will not tolerate.
Muslims of Telangana region have also played a vital role in the freedom movement and Telangana struggle, but the Bharatiya Janata Party was not acknowledging it, but branding them as razakars, he alleged.
Muslims of the region are also in favour of Telangana state and want to regain the past glory of the region, he said.
If the BJP is serious about Telangana state, let it first set up separate Telangana BJP unit, he said.
Objecting to BJP celebrating September 17 as Hyderabad Liberation Day, he said the BJP need to study the history of Telangana.
Hyderabad was liberated on September 18 and not on 17, as the general belief is, he added.
Telangana was a peaceful region and the communal tensions started after it was merged with Andhra, Kolluri claimed.
Voice of Telangana president Captain L Panduranga Reddy, Telangana Democratic Secular Front leader MA Shoeb and others were present.