BJP plans to continue pressuring Telangana Chief Minister K C Rao into declaring September 17 as ‘Hyderabad Liberation Day’. The day is already celebrated in Maharashtra and Karnataka, parts of which came under the Nizams of Hyderabad.
The party plans to take the soft approach and seizing the opportunity of Raksha Bandhan, party workers will tie rakhis to bureaucrats and public officers discussing the importance of marking the day.
President of BJP in Telangana, G Kishan Reddy has accused the CM of backtracking on the issue. KCR had earlier criticized the Congress government in undivided Andhra Pradesh for not marking the state’s merger with the Union of India on 14 September 1948 by Operation Polo.
When offered the option to join the Indian Union or remain independent, the Nizam of Hyderabad, Osman Ali Khan chose the latter. Following atrocities by his ragtag aristocratic army and the Telangana uprising, PM Jawaharlal Nehru decided to annex the Nizam’s territory.
The operation which lasted a mere 5 days, suppressed communal tensions. A government report based on the study of Sunderlal Commission estimated around 27,000 to 40,000 people lost their lives during or after the operation.