Hyderabad: Congress to hold demonstration against Secretariat demolition
Former minister Mohd Shabbir Ali addressing a press conference at Gandhi Bhavan in Hyderabad on Saturday. TPCC Vice President Zafar Javeed and other leaders are seen
Hyderabad: The Congress party will be holding demonstration across Telangana by hoisting black flags over residences of party workers and also appealed everyone to become part of the unique protest against demolition of Secretariat complex.
The decision was taken in a meeting chaired by former minister & ex-Leader of Opposition in Legislative Council Mohammed Ali Shabbir at Gandhi Bhavan on Saturday. The meeting, convened by Hyderabad City Congress Committee Minorities Department chairman Sameer Waliullah was attended by senior leaders including TPCC Vice President Zafar Javeed, TPCC Spokesperson Syed Nizamuddin, TPCC General Secretary SK Afzaluddin, Nampally Incharge Feroz Khan and others. Addressing a press conference after the meeting, Shabbir Ali informed that the Congress party would organise statewide protest against the demolition of two mosques and a temple in the Secretariat complex. He said that the demolition was totally illegal and aimed at hurting the sentiments of all communities. He said that the Chief Minister was treating the entire Telangana as his personal 'jagir' and he needs to be taught a lesson. He alleged that CM KCR was destroying the heritage of Telangana without giving any respect to the sentiments of other people.
In the first phase of protest, Shabbir Ali announced that the Congress party would appeal its cadre and other common people to hoist black flags at their residences. They will also wear black masks and badges. He said this would be organised at a massive scale and people of all communities would be involved in the protest. He said that the mode of protest in the second phase would be decided after consulting the party High Command. He said since AICC President Sonia Gandhi had a video-conference with the party MPs and other senior leaders today, PCC President Uttam Kumar Reddy and other senior leaders could not be consulted on the issue. He said a meeting would be held soon to finalise the agitation schedule in the second phase.
Later, the Congress leaders burnt the effigy of CM KCR outside the Gandhi Bhavan. The Congress workers raised slogans against KCR and TRS government.