Hyderabad: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Tejasvi Surya on Tuesday said that the coming local body polls in Hyderabad will set the tone for Assembly polls in Telangana. “We’ll win this, we will win Telangana Assembly, we will also win Tamil Nadu, we will win Kerala. The whole of South India will be saffronised,” Surya said in Hyderabad.
Surya, who is also the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) chief and Lok Sabha MP, was speaking with Kannada Association in Hyderabad ahead of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation elections. He said that there is a cultural affinity between people of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Telangana.
“There is a cultural affinity between people of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Karnataka. Our language Kannada and Telugu have similar grammar. I think people of these states have the ability to serve the nation as a group,” Surya said.
“Voting for BJP is voting for an idea. Democracy is a system of the people, for the people and by the people. In Telangana the definition has changed, here it is ‘of the family, by the family and for the family’. Only BJP can give an alternative,” he added.
Elections for the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation are due for December 1. Poll results will be declared after counting of votes on December 4.
Tejasvi Surya is not new to making such extreme remarks. The Lok Sabha MP also sparked a row on Monday when he called AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi as the new “avatar” of Pakistan’s Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
“People of Telangana should vote for development, they should vote against dynasty politics. We have finished family Politics in the country. In Kashmir, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti have been sent to a permanent quarantine by the people,” he said.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi started the 100 smart cities programme. What has happened to the funds allocated to Telangana? … Owaisi is Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s new avatar. TRS and MIM are two faces of the same coin. KCR wants to turn Hyderabad into Istanbul. Turkey is a 100 per cent Muslim country. Turkey’s president talks against our country. MIM wants Hyderabad of India to look like Hyderabad of Pakistan. We will make Hyderabad as Bhagyanagar but not Istanbul,” he said.