On Friday, Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) MLC K Kavitha was accused of discriminating against Muslims in Telangana by BJP MP Arvind Dharmapuri.
The BJP MP further alleged that Muslims are given much less financial support compared to the amount provided to the Dalits in the state.
“K Kavitha should not run away from facts, she has discriminated against Muslims in Telangana. There are two schemes run by the Telangana government, the first was started two years ago and called ‘Dalit Bandhu’ extending Rs 10 lakh financial support to every Dalit family, but unfortunately, because of her family’s corruption not even 0.5 per cent of Dalit families have been benefitted with that so far,’ Arvind Dharmapuri said.
Further, he said, “Last month she launched another program called ‘Muslim Bandhu’ in which she is giving Rs 1 lakh to Muslim families. All the socioeconomic indicators in Telangana show that above 60% of Muslims in Telangana live below poverty line.”
Questioning the difference in the financial support, he said that the BRS MLC cannot “run away from the question”.
“On what basis she has discriminated against Muslims and why is there a difference of Rs 9 lakhs? You have to answer this. Let me know the secularism behind this discrimination against Muslims in Telangana. You cannot run away from this question. We are going to haunt you and your government,” he added.
When K Kavitha advocated for increasing the representation of women in legislatures earlier this week, YS Sharmila, the leader of the YSR Telangana Party, charged her with having double standards by pointing out that there are only seven women on the BRS candidate list for the upcoming assembly election.