Hyderabad: TRS president and Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao trained his guns on the BJP, accusing the latter of creating ‘communal tensions’ during elections and resorting to ‘blackmail’ tactics against those who question them. He said Telangana would also adopt a tit-for-tat attitude, if the BJP leaders did not mend their ways.
Speaking at the TRS Maha Dharna at Indira Park here on Thursday, Rao said whenever there were elections, the BJP brought to fore the Hindu-Muslim issue, Pakistan sentiment and also created communal tension. “All you know is communalising the society for political benefit and raking up the issue of Pakistan politics during elections. People are now aware of all your drama on the border and surgical strikes,” he said.
Hinting that he was under surveillance of the BJP-led Central government, the Chief Minister stated that the Central intelligence personnel were listening to what he was saying at the meeting. He blamed the BJP for ‘blackmailing’ people into not questioning them. “BJP is lying. They did not fulfil the promises made to Telangana. But if you ask questions, they will indulge in character assassination on WhatsApp and Facebook. They file cases against you,” he said.
Rao declared that he cannot be bullied with warnings of arrests or inquiries, and challenged the BJP to conduct any inquiry against him, if they had guts. “I do not fear anyone,” he said, adding that Telangana would also adopt a tit-for-tat attitude and file cases against the BJP leaders if they resort to loose talk.
The TRS president listed out the Centre’s failures in addressing a slew of issues plaguing the country – from the ongoing farmer protests to India’s position in the Global Hunger Index. He said the farmers across the country were crying for help and fighting against the anti-farmer laws brought by the Centre. He accused the BJP governments of brutally and violently suppressing the farmers agitation against the agricultural laws in New Delhi and elsewhere in the country.
Terming the Union government of being incompetent in utilising the vast resources, Rao emphasised the need to fight unitedly and if needed, the TRS would lead the agitation to sustain the fight. “I am in touch with various people to lead the fight against this government. We will oppose the farm laws till the last drop of our blood,” he added. He reminded that the Centre was yet to respond to the unanimous resolutions passed by the Telangana State Legislative Assembly with regard to withdrawal of farm laws, taking up SC categorisation, increasing ST and BC reservations on population basis and other issues.
Stating that the BJP and other parties had failed the nation, the Chief Minister said it was shameful that India figured at the 101st place in the Global Hunger Index survey much below Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal. There is no vision for these leaders to utilise the available water to cultivate 40 lakh acres of cultivable land in the country. “With the available water resources and wonderful scientists, we can cultivate gold,” he said. He stated that the Centre was under-utilising resources including water and power among others.
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