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How long can opposition stop Dalit Bandhu, asks KT Rama Rao

Published: 19th Oct 2021 11:16 pm

Hyderabad: TRS working president and MA&UD Minister KT Rama Rao, reacting to the Opposition’s complaint to the Election Commission of India (ECI) over Dalit Bandhu, asked the former as to how long they can stop the scheme from being implemented. “There is hardly two weeks left for the entire election process to be completed. They cannot stop it after the bypoll is held,” he said, adding that Rs 250 crore was released for implementing the scheme in four mandals in other Assembly constituencies on Monday.

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Targeting BJP candidate Eatala Rajender, Rama Rao, in an informal chat with media persons here, asked the former to explain what the BJP or he would contribute with his win rather than seeking the defeat of TRS. Responding to the challenges thrown by the Opposition parties to Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao and the TRS government if the party loses the Huzurabad bypoll, he said win or loss in elections are a routine affair. “One person vowed to quit politics if he loses the election in Kodangal, but within a few days, he shamelessly contested Parliamentary elections. Did Prime Minister Narendra Modi quit, when BJP lost West Bengal to Mamata Banerjee?” he asked.

When asked if Chandrashekhar Rao would enter national politics, he said it would happen at an appropriate time. He rubbished rumours on social media that Chandrashekhar Rao would opt to be the next Vice-President, terming it as a creation of ‘WhatsApp University’. On the allegations of ignoring Telangana agitators and families of martyrs, he wondered how TRS could have won several elections without their support.

Though Congress Legislative Party leader Bhatti Vikramarka was a good person, he had no say in his party as the Congress was now being run by some corrupt leaders, he said and added that most of the Opposition leaders were confining themselves to television debates and press conferences rather than addressing the people’s issues. “Our leader K Chandrashekhar Rao is a visionary, while leaders in Opposition parties are just televisionaries,” he said.

TRS delegation to visit Tamil Nadu

The ruling TRS which was busy rebuilding Telangana after State formation will now accord priority to strengthening the party as well. Different party activities including training programmes and workshops are being planned for the next nine months. As part of these efforts, a delegation of the TRS, led by its working president and Minister KT Rama Rao will soon visit Tamil Nadu to study the organisational structure of the DMK and AIADMK that have kept the national parties out of contention in the State.

In an informal chat at Telangana Bhavan, the TRS working president said he would lead the delegation to Tamil Nadu after the Telangana Vijaya Garjana meeting in Warangal on November 15. He felt that it was not easy to sustain regional parties for decades and the TRS wants to study how DMK and AIADMK have created a sound party structure that could sway people in Tamil Nadu for generations. He pointed out that several regional political parties took birth in the combined Andhra Pradesh from 1956 to 2014, but only Telugu Desam Party, started by NT Rama Rao and the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) launched by K Chandrashekhar Rao could secure the support of people for a long time.

The TRS will be celebrating 20 years of its journey with a massive public meeting in Warangal on November 15. Elaborating further, he said about 6,500 invitees will attend the plenary where the party president would be elected. About 10 nominations have been filed supporting TRS founder president and Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao for the post so far.

Rama Rao said the Telangana Vijaya Garjana public meeting at Warangal, will be the largest public meeting by any political party meeting after the State formation. Constituency-wise preparatory meetings are being held at the TRS State headquarters since Monday where arrangements from 20 Assembly constituencies were being reviewed every day. After the party plenary on October 25, preparatory meetings for the Warangal public meeting will be held at the constituency level on October 27 in all constituencies.

He urged people to postpone their travel or make alternate arrangements on November 15, as TRS had hired nearly 6,000 TSRTC buses for its Telangana Vijaya Garjana meeting. After the public meeting, the district party offices will be inaugurated by the Chief Minister and training programmes will be held thereafter.

On in fights within TRS, the TRS working president termed them as indications of the party was growing strong in the State and the party leaders were vying with each other to test their fate as it had better-winning chances. However, he said with strong leadership at the State level, all such hurdles can be easily overcome. When asked about feedback from the party cadre during the constituency-wise meetings, he stated that they have sought the government to provide them with a better role in implementing the welfare schemes. He assured to take up these issues with the Chief Minister.

Responding to a question whether the TRS government would extend support to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK president MK Stalin’s demand for the abolition of NEET, he said the State government will take a decision that best suits for students of Telangana.

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