Wednesday hit out at the TRS government over alleged lockdown
violations and accused it of appeasing the minority while
dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic "under pressure" from AIMIM
chief Asaduddin Owaisi.
Newly appointed BJP state president Bandi Sanjay Kumar
claimed that people were moving on roads in the Old City area
after Ramzan started and the government was not doing enough
testing in a bid to show lower number of positive cases and
In his first media interaction after assuming charge of
the post, Kumar said common people cooperated by not
celebrating festivals such as Telugu new year Ugadi, Sri Rama
Navami and the birth anniversaries of Babasaheb Ambedkar among
others thinking government would treat all citizens alike.
But the TRS government "is behaving in a manner of
appeasing the minorities," he told reporters here, referring
to a decision not to collect samples from bodies of suspected
"....it is only due to the pressure of (AIMIM president
Asaduddin) Owaisi (the tests are not done). The Chief Minister
is troubling others by keeping their (Muslims) inconvenience
in mind," he alleged.
He charged the government with not taking samples from
bodies of COVID-19 suspects because Muslims consider Ramzan as
a holy month and hope that the departed would reach the God.
On April 21, a health official had said a decision had
been taken no to test samples from the bodies of those
suspected to have died with symptoms of COVID-19 but follow
all due protocols, including for disposal of the body and
We appeal to the government. There is a danger of a
division in society happeningbecause of your attitude of
following appeasement minority appeasement policies and to
get Owaisis appreciation. The state Chief Minister will have
to take full responsibility for this," Kumar, an MP, said.
Had persons like Owaisi appealed to the returnees of
Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi to voluntarily cooperate
with the government, the COVID-19 situation would have been
controlled to some extent, he said.
Expressing happiness over the decline in COVID-19 cases in
the state, he, however, maintained people were having doubts
over the dip.
It is trying to show positive cases to be low by
decreasing the tests. The government is not making it clear
what is the reason for it, Kumar said.
Alleging thatpeople were moving on roads in the Old City
area with sizeable minority population in violation of
lockdown, he said it should bechecked by drone cameras.
Claiming that a fruit seller was threatened in Nizamabad
for tying a saffron flag to his cart and citing such other
alleged incidents, he said the Chief Minister fears saffron.
Why should the government have objection if Hindus tied
flags or wore saffron robes, he asked.
He also flayed Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao for
not holding an all-party meet to discuss COVID-19 situation.
Dismissing criticism that the state was not testing
enough, Health Minister E Rajender had on Tuesday said as per
the Indian Council of Medical Research guidelines, only those
symptomatic needed to be tested. PTI SJR