Karimnagar: Finance Minister T Harish Rao on Sunday asked BJP candidate for the Huzurabad Assembly constituency by-election Eatala Rajender to convince the BJP government at the Centre to take up a census of Backward Classes across the country.
“Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao passed a resolution twice in the State Assembly requesting the Union government to take up BC census across the country. The State Assembly also passed a unanimous resolution in favour of reservations for BCs in legislative bodies and constitution of a separate ministry for BCs,” Harish Rao said, adding that Rajender, who claims to be a BC himself, should respond on the issue.
The Minister was addressing a gathering after welcoming BJP Huzurabad town president Mahender Reddy and others into the TRS fold in Huzurabad. He pointed out that the founder president of the National BC Welfare Association R Krishnaiah, who has been fighting for the welfare of BC communities for several decades now, had also appreciated the Chief Minister for getting the resolution passed unanimously in the State Assembly.
“People will accept Rajender as a BC if he can convince the Centre to take up BC census and set up a separate Ministry for BCs,” Harish Rao said, adding that the BJP candidate was unable to face the electorate in Huzurabad since he had done nothing for the constituency. “Since he can’t speak about the construction of double bedroom houses or the developmental works undertaken by him, the BJP leader is trying to attract voters by spreading lies,” he said.
Instead of promising what he intends to do for the development of the constituency if he was elected in the by-election, Rajender was instead, indulging in mudslinging against the State government and TRS. “When the Union government brought in the new farm laws, Rajender termed the BJP government as anti-farmers’. How can BJP transform into a good party within a period of four months period,” the Minister questioned.
Moreover, as State Health Minister, Rajender criticised the Union government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not supplying Covid vaccine and medicines to the State government, but is now singing a different tune for his own selfish gains, Harish Rao said.
“Central Ministers G Kishan Reddy and Smruthi Irani campaigned in Huzurabad constituency but they promised nothing for the development of the constituency and instead only criticised the State government and TRS,” he said, adding that the State government had taken up road works, construction of drainages, Mahila Bhavans, community hall and other works. “How will Rajender, who failed to protect the BJP town president Mahender Reddy after the latter worked hard for the party for 22 years, protect the public?” he asked.
Harish urged Mahender Reddy and others to work hard for the next fortnight for the victory of TRS candidate Gellu Srinivas Yadav.
“Don’t disturb, we will vote for TRS”
Karimnagar: During the Covid pandemic period, people in some areas put up signboards in front of their houses asking outsiders, even their relatives and neighbours, not to come to their house to check the spread of the virus.
Similar signboards have cropped up again in some localities of Huzurabad town, but for a different reason now. Instead of Covid warning, people displayed boards asking BJP leaders not to come to their homes to seek votes. Such boards appeared in 7th and 27th wards of Huzurabad municipality on Sunday.
In 7th ward, a signboard read: “We will not exercise our vote for BJP that is hiking the prices of petrol, diesel and cooking gas. Don’t disturb”.
Another signboard in 27th ward said: “We will not vote for BJP that has been increasing prices of essential commodities.”
Other signboards in the same locality read: “We love KCR. Our vote for is for Car symbol.” Murali, an advocate from Sirsapalli in Huzurabad mandal, put up a flexie banner in front of his house advising BJP leaders not to visit his home for votes since the party was responsible for the increase in prices of cooking gas, diesel and petrol. “We will vote for TRS which has implemented Aasara pensions, Kalyanalaxmi, Rythu Bandhu,” it said.
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