Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Saturday said the resounding and consistent mandate given by the people of the State to the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) in various elections over the past five years was unparalleled in the electoral history of the country.
“I have not seen this kind of consistent and massive mandate being given to any party in all my political life. The people have whole heartedly voted for the TRS in Assembly, Parliament, gram panchayat and zilla parishad elections and now they have ensured that the party rules in at least 115 to 120 of the 129 municipalities and corporations in the State. The people have reposed faith and confidence in the TRS only because they are happy with the work done by the TRS government and its pro-people’s policies and welfare programmes,” the Chief Minister said, addressing the media after the ruling party swept the the municipal elections in the State.
The impressive performance of the TRS in the municipal elections, he said, was not an ordinary victory. “It is all the more significant because the voters in various town and other urban agglomeration are not the same and typical. It also caps a series of similar mandates given in the past that places more responsibility on the government. The Opposition tried hard to stall the elections by approaching various courts of law because of their fear of losing but all that came to a nought,” he said.
Lambasting the Opposition for the frequent criticism and personal allegations against him and the party, Rao, stating that there was no substance in the Opposition claims, said the stupendous victory in the municipal elections was despite the fact that neither he nor party working president KT Rama Rao undertook any campaign. “The Opposition has been spewing venom at me and the party, citing misuse of power and money coming into play during the municipal elections. This actually is an insult to the people of Telangana State since the Opposition parties are questioning their integrity,” he said, adding that the Opposition should learn to respect people’s mandate, failing which democracy would lose its very meaning and value.
“Even during the 2018 Assembly election, I did not meet with Collectors and other top officials. I never made any phone calls to any District Collector, Superintendent of Police or any other IAS officer. The people of the State have time and again shown the Opposition that arrogance doesn’t pay, and have put them in their place,” the Chief Minister said, even as he advised the newly elected TRS candidates not to allow the victory to get into their head.
“For the other parties, everything may be a political game but for the TRS, politics is a task. Ministers, MPs, MLAs and others toil hard for the development of the State, and in fact, look to their duties as service to the people,” he said. The only money the party spent was about Rs 80 lakh to Rs one crore on party material for the elections.
Unsparing in his attack on the Opposition, the Chief Minister said they would continue to be barking dogs that can’t really have any impact on governance. “I don’t understand the Opposition tactics in using various platforms to spread falsehoods against me, the party and the government. It makes me wonder if it is social media or anti-social media,” he said, adding that there was a limit to being tolerant and that he would initiate action if it was repeated in future. “There has to be some etiquette and decorum in the way the Opposition conducts itself instead of mouthing whatever they want,” he said.
The Chief Minister praised the party’s working president KT Rama Rao for the hard work he put in to bring together everyone in the party. He also appreciated the hard work put in by Ministers, MLAs and party workers who toiled hard to ensure TRS’ victory across the State, besides congratulating the winners.