Hyderabad: Chief Minister-elect K Chandrashekhar Rao on Wednesday declared that the two national parties — BJP and Congress — had lost relevance in Indian polity.
Exposing the dual standards of the BJP and the Congress at the Centre and various States, the TRS president said both the parties which claim to be national parties do not have a national policy that is evenly applicable to the entire country. “Both BJP and Congress indulge in opportunistic politics adopting different policies for different States on the same subject,” he said.
Referring to Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s promise to hike Minimum Support Price (MSP) for paddy to Rs 2,500 in some States, Chandrashekhar Rao termed it as a crime. “Both Congress and BJP have different policies for different States based on their political requirements and their position as either the ruling party or the Opposition. They have been undermining the rights of States by keeping all powers with the Centre unnecessarily and impeding the development of States. The Centre is not doing things that it is supposed to do. This needs to be changed,” he said.
Speaking to mediapersons at Telangana Bhavan here after his election as the TRSLP leader, the TRS president reiterated that he will play a decisive role in national politics to bring a qualitative change. “We need new economic and agricultural policies at the national level. Prime Minister Narendra Modi preaches cooperative federalism, but fails to practice it,” he said. Rao reiterated that the Federal Front proposed by him was not a mere alignment of political parties, but an attempt at unification of the people of the country.
Chandrashekhar Rao emphasised the urgent need to transfers subjects in the concurrent list like rural and urban development, healthcare and education sectors to the States. He felt that there was no reason for the Centre to keep powers on these subjects, creating roadblocks for the development of States. He also raised objections over the restrictions on export of agricultural products from the country.
Rythu Bandhu across country
The TRS president, who announced plans to set up a national party through unification of various political parties, promised to implement Rythu Bandhu scheme across the country. “I have done ample homework on the subject. It will cost about Rs 3.5 lakh crore to implement the scheme for all farmers in the country,” he said. The Rythu Bandhu, introduced in Telangana in the last kharif, provides financial help of Rs 8,000 per acre, per annum, to farmers. He has already announced his plans to enhance the amount to Rs 10,000 from next fiscal.
Chandrashekhar Rao also questioned the restrictions on the quantum of reservations. “We need to factor in the changes (increase in population). For example, about 85 per cent of the population in Telangana belong to Backward Classes, Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and minoriies,” he pointed out. He ridiculed the BJP government at the Centre for allocating a mere Rs 4,000 crore for minority welfare when the Telangana government alone allocated Rs 2,000 crore for minorities.