Leader of Opposition in Telangana Legislative Council Mohammed Ali Shabbir has described Deputy Chief Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali as the ‘Minister for Sycophancy’.
Addressing a press conference at Gandhi Bhavan here on Friday, Shabbir Ali has strongly slammed the Deputy Chief Minister’s recent statement wherein he questioned his contribution for Muslim community. “The Minorities Welfare Department, whose performance you have been reviewing, was created by me in 1993 during Congress Government. Nearly 10 lakh poor Muslim families have benefitted from the 4% reservation in jobs and education since 2004 and the entire credit goes to the Congress party. Lakhs of other poor Muslims benefitted from various schemes implemented during the Congress regime,” he said.
The Congress leader said Mahmood Ali has been behaving like a ‘Minister for Sycophancy’ by calling KCR a “Mahatma”. He said Mahatma Gandhi sacrificed everything for the country and people while KCR has done completely reverse. He grabbed everything for himself and his family and is habituated to everything which was disliked by Mahatma Gandhi.
“Except for acting like a sycophant of KCR, Mahmood Ali did not do anything else. He is completely unaware of Revenue Department. He was so ignorant that other Ministers had to come to his rescue when he made a false claim of declaring drought hit districts,” Shabbir Ali said.
Reacting to Mahmood Ali’s allegations that he damaged Wakf properties, Shabbir Ali furnished the complete list of lands allotted to nine different companies like Infosys, MANUU, Wipro ISB, etc., in Manikonda village and said all the allotments were done from 18-12-2000 to 21-11-2003 during TDP’s regime. Similarly, the APIIC allotted land to Lanco Infratech on 17-08-2005 through an International Competition Bidding. However, he said that time Mr. Mohammed Fareeduddin was the Minister for Wakf and presently, he is with the TRS. “I neither had Revenue nor Wakf portfolio during this period. It was only in April 2007 that I was made incharge for Minorities Welfare in addition to the I&PR and Energy portfolios,” he said.
He said that the ongoing dispute over lands belong to Dargah Hazrat Hussain Shah Wali was between the Revenue Department and Wakf Board. “Being the Revenue Minister, Mahmood Ali could resolve the issue in just one hour by sending a three-sentence note stating that the Revenue Department was withdrawing ownership claim in favour of Wakf Board. The Congress Government had restored over 5,000 acres of lands belonging to Dargah Hazrath Ishaq Madani by making Revenue Department withdraw its case against Wakf Board,” he said.
Shabbir Ali said that the Deputy CM’s allegations were completely vague and baseless. Further, he condemned Mahmood Ali for alleging that his son was a Director in Lanco company. Furnishing the list of Directors of Lanco Infratech, Lanco Group and Lanco Hills, he said his son’s name does not figure in the list of Directors in any of these companies. He asked Mahmood Ali to either prove the allegations within 24 hours or tender an apology for making baseless allegations.
He also claimed that Congress candidate Sarve Satyanarayana would win the Warangal by-elections with a thumping majority. (INN)