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Shabbir greets TRS; forgives attacker

Leader of Opposition in Telangana Council Mohammed Ali Shabbir has advised the TRS Government to implement all promises that it made to the people on the eve of GHMC elections.
Speaking to mediapersons at Assembly media point on Monday, Shabbir Ali congratulated the TRS for its historic win and said in a democracy everyone has to accept and respect the people’s verdict. He said people have given their verdict in favour of TRS apparently with the hope that it would fulfil all its promises.
Referring to Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao’s advise that Opposition parties should play a constructive role, Shabbir Ali said the Congress has been trying to advise the TRS Government on various key issues like drought and farmers suicides. But the government was not listening to their advices. He also made it clear the Congress leaders would continue the policy of constructive criticism to protect the interests of the common man. Stating that the promise of 2BHK houses attracted the voters, Ali urged the government to construct one lakh houses in the city during the year as promised by the Chief Minister.
Asked about his party’s dismal performance in GHMC elections, Ali said there was not enough time for the Opposition parties to select proper candidates and run campaign. List of reserved seats and election notification were issued on the same day while neglecting the practice of giving at least one week gap. The Congress was reviewing the reasons that led to its defeat and required steps would be taken to rectify the lapses after Narayankhed by-election.
Reacting to allegations of EVM tampering, he said the Election Commission and State Government should clarify the doubts with regard to reports of tampering by involving experts, contested candidates and other stake holders.
Shabbir Ali announced that he had personally forgiven the youth, who attacked him on the Election Day at Mirchowk Police Station. “I always wanted Muslim youth to get higher education and grow up in their careers since I became minister for the first time in 1989. I was instrumental in getting 4% reservation for Muslims and the policy so far benefitted more than 10 lakh poor Muslim youth. I don’t want to spoil the career of an innocent youth by sending him to jail or by making him a criminal. I don’t want youth to get indulged in crime. It is MIM which provokes youth to violence,” he added. (NSS)