The Telangana government welcomes anyone organising events in commemoration of September 17 as ‘Liberation Day’. “We will also give permissions for processions if event organisers seek them,” Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao announced in the Legislative Assembly on Sunday.

Though Hyderabad was merged with India, the rulers that followed and led the governments did little for Telangana. September 17 marked the transition from autocracy to democracy, he said. Chandrashekhar Rao, however, made it clear that “while September 17, 1948, was the day when Hyderabad joined India, the actual liberation of Telangana was achieved on June 2, 2014 when the State of Telangana was formed.” The Chief Minister’s announcement of the government having no problem with people planning to mark the day as ‘Liberation Day’, knocks the wind out of BJP’s plans to mark the day on which in 1948, the then Nizam of Hyderabad signed documents agreeing to merge the then princely State of Hyderabad with the Indian Union – and use the events as a political plank. 

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