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BJP accuses TRS govt of appeasing minorities in dealing with COVID-19

BJP accuses TRS govt of appeasing minorities in dealing with COVID-19
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Hyderabad, Apr 29 (PTI) Opposition BJP in Telangana on

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

COVID-19 patients.

"....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

contact tracing.

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

VS VS


Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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