Hyderabad: The defeat of the Congress party at the hustings after the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh was mainly due to the inability of the Congress party to take credit for the formation of Telangana. The hurried way in which the bifurcation bill was passed in the Parliament without allowing the Congress to take credit for it was another reason, said Congress party senior leader S Jaipal Reddy here on Saturday.
Participating in a meet-the-press programme organised by the Press Club of Hyderabad, Reddy also maintained that the local Congress leaders had stoutly opposed any move to a merger of Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) with the Congress after the bifurcation bill was passed in 2014. He attributed the defeat of Congress to another factor – that of the popularity of the TRS and the Congress’ inability to ensure merger of TRS with it.
The senior Congress leader, who fielded a volley of questions, complimented the Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao for the latter’s “vast knowledge of the rural economy and its functioning” but said Chandrashekhar Rao made tall promises but failed to deliver. “KCR wanted everything new like the second emperor of China as he destroyed all records to force the people to forget about the history, now in Telangana CM also wanted his mark not with the development programmes but with the buildings and infrastructures like new secretariat,” Reddy criticised.
He felt that Telangana should not be called as a “prosperous State” but as a “revenue surplus State”. He explained that the revenue surplus situation could change but prosperity continues in a State. He claimed that the UPA government during its reign had approved spending of
Rs 25,000 crore incomes generated in Hyderabad to be utilised for the development of Telangana. “That is why it is a revenue surplus State now”, he maintained. He charged that the TRS government had failed on its poll promises of allotting three acres of land, two-bed room houses scheme.
He also maintained that the UPA had allocated 54 per cent of power to be utilised in Telangana in the Bifurcation Act and hence Telangana was now a power surplus State, he claimed. He also questioned as to why the State government had decided to shift the Dharna chowk. On the three year NDA rule, Reddy found fault with the Union government for not reducing the petroleum products prices even after its oil prices declined internationally from $106 per barrel to $49 per barrel within a span of three years and with this price variation, Rs 1.20 lakh crore was saved. He termed it as ‘daylight robbery of consumers’. He further questioned why Prime Minister Narendra Modi had failed to bring back black money from abroad as assured during the elections. “Due to demonetisation the country’s growth rate went down by 1 per cent and people are still suffering from the move,” Reddy said.
Th ban on cow slaughter is not a new one, as it was mentioned in the constitution itself, but the BJP with a hidden agenda brought ban on animal slaughter. “India has Rs 26,000 crore buffalo market and Rs 40,000 crore leather market, what is the future of these markets?” Jaipal Reddy questioned. He wanted the people to be cautious with hidden agenda of BJP and RSS as they are trying to divide the country based on religion. He further expressed confidence that party will come into power at Centre and State in 2019 and clarified that there are no differences within the party under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi. To a question, Jaipal Reddy said he would be contesting to Lok Sabha polls in 2019 elections. He felt that the situation in the country reflected the “political and ideological illiteracy”.