Hyderabad: The Telangana Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on June 24 termed the Rs 1 lakh assistance scheme for minorities recently announced by the BRS as a ‘fraud’ and an attempt to woo Muslims ahead of the state elections.
Addressing the media, party leader Mari Sashidhar Reddy said that the decision is highly condemnable. “This is done in view of the 2023 end elections. This is nothing but electoral bribery and should be targeted by the Election Commission to prevent undue and unfair electoral advantages,” he remarked.
Reddy also called Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao a ‘habitual cheater’.
The Telangana government on 23 June announced the implementation of the Minority Economic Assistance Scheme on the same lines as the BC Assistance Scheme and issued Government Order – 78 citing the essential guidelines of the Minority Economic Assistance Scheme that it was to be implemented.
“The so-called BC friend is grossly unfair and selective and was an election ploy. Although GO dates for receipt of applications, dates for processing and distribution were mentioned, there is lack of clarity regarding its implementation. In this GO 78, no date is specified for various steps to be taken till disbursement. This further confirms the lack of commitment to minority welfare as amply proved by the track record,” he alleged.
Reddy took a swipe at AIMIM
Reddy questioned the BRS government’s track record while asking if it had done anything beyond spending money on Ramadan gifts and food. “Even that has been unaudited,” he added.
“State Minority Finance Corporation was dead for almost 4 years. Not even a single agency has been appointed. Earlier, two and a half lakh applications came for assistance. What is the fate of those applications? Nobody wants to talk about them. Not even AIMIM, the so-called champion of Muslims,” he said.
“In view of the 2023 elections, the corporation was formed and applications were invited till March 31, 2023. About 1.2 lakh new applications were received. Beneficiaries were selected through lottery. Now GO 78 says that these last year applications, i.e. 2022-23 will be considered in 2023-24. They are not calling for any fresh applications,” he added.
Reddy also said that there was an allocation of Rs 50 crore and an additional Rs 70 crore was also allocated. “Was all this money spent on the good fortune of Ramadan? No one can tell where the entire money went,” he remarked.
Noting that the BRS now invited applications from Christians, he asked that the BRS government not recognize Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists as minorities.
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