Left, Right leaders oppose state funeral for Mukarram Jah
DECCAN CHRONICLE | Narender Pulloor
Hyderabad: Leaders from across the political spectrum opposed the Telangana government’s decision to accord a state funeral, with police honours, to VIII titular Nizam Mukarram Jah.
Condemning the government decision, BJP MLA M. Raghunandan Rao said that honouring the descendant of the Nizams, under whose rule people of Telangana suffered and were victimised, was tantamount to honouring those who stood against Telangana.
He said the government has discarded the memory of 1,200 Telangana martyrs with the decision and that it was an insult to the memories of Prof. S. Jayashankar and Konda Laxman Bapuji, who fought for Telangana’s statehood.
The Vishva Hindu Parishad opposed the decision. In a statement, VHP leaders Surender Reddy, Pandarinath, and P. Balaswamy, said that "KCR must remember the atrocities people of Telangana, particularly women, had to bear under the Nizams".
The Telangana government's decision, against the backdrop of the Central government celebrating this year as the Hyderabad Liberation Day, has caused a stir.
Bahujan Left Front (BLF) state convener Dandi Venkat said that Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao insulted the sacrifices of Telangana people by offering state honours to the Mukarram Jah.
"People of Telangana fought against the atrocities of Razakars as the then Nizam government killed around 4,000 guerrilla fighters. The BRS government justified the atrocities of Nizam government by its latest decision of state honours for Mukarram Jah," he said.