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BJP objects to Charminar in new Telangana logo

Hyderabad, May 30 (): The new Telangana logo has met with resistance from BJP for inclusion of Charminar in it.

The new state of Telangana logo has the landmark of the region’s rulers between the 12th and 14th centuries the Kakatiya Kala Thoranam, and the 423-year old Charminar emblazoned, along with the Ashoka emblem. The function invite of the first ministry formation of Telangana will carry this logo. This function marks the TRS ministry swearing in and start of a new state.

Telangana first chief minister K. Chandrasekhara Rao will assume office on June 2. KCR will visit Martyrs Memorial which is dedicated to those who died fighting for a separate State. He will go to Raj Bhavan for the swearing-in ceremony, unfurl the national flag and take a salute from the police at Parade Ground.

After the parade, he will deliver his first public address as Telangana CM. Telangana BJP has objected to including Charminar in the logo as it claims it is not symbolic of ethos of region. Charminar is a monument recognized globally and identified with Hyderabad, future capital of Telangana. The fact that it is a mosque has angered BJP and some records say that Qutub Shah who built it on the spot where he saw Bhagamati (later converted to Islam).

The Charminar is a symbol to Muslims globally. A replica has been constructed in Karachi. The markets around this area have pearls and jewellery sellers, mostly Muslims. The Charminar is made of granite, marble and mortar; the monument has four arches and was so planned that when the fort opened, one could catch a glimpse of the bustling Hyderabad city through four arches, now joint capital of Telangana and Andhra.

There is another controversy that BJP has raised. There is a Bhagyalakshmi temple located at the base of Charminar. One version is that it never existed when the mosque was built and it came into existence in 1994.