Hyderabad: The TRS does not perceive the Huzurabad Assembly constituency by-poll as significantly different from any other by-election the party has contested in the past, TRS working president K T Rama Rao asserted on Tuesday. “The outcome of the by-poll, whenever it is held, is not going to change the political equation in the State nor at the Centre,” he said.
Reiterating that Huzurabad has been a TRS stronghold since the party formation, he said the ruling party will retain the seat. “Since the party formation, TRS has been wining all the elections in erstwhile Kamalapur and current Huzurabad constituency. Eatala Rajender joined TRS in 2003 only after the party leaders won local body elections from erstwhile Kamalapur constituency earlier,” he pointed out.
The TRS working president said the party leadership, however, will definitely convene a meeting and chalk out its poll strategies as and when elections are announced. “The Opposition parties are getting excited about the Huzurabad bypolls. They should also realise that the Assembly elections are at least two and half years away,” Rama Rao said, addressing the media after the party’s executive committee meeting chaired by TRS president and Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao at Telangana Bhavan, the party headquarters here.
The meeting discussed, among other issues, reorganisation of the party structure, strengthening the cadre from grassroot level, implementation of Telangana Dalit Bandhu, setting up a party office in New Delhi and celebrations for completion of two decades of the party.
Responding to apprehensions raised by Opposition parties over implementation of Dalit Bandhu scheme in the State, Rama Rao invited the leaders from both Congress and BJP to participate in the implementation of the pilot project in Huzurabad Assembly constituency and ensure its success. “Leaders from both BJP and Congress are welcome to actively participate, give suggestions and guide the beneficiaries to not only ensure its success but also make sure that the funds are used effectively,” he said.
On the demand for implementing BC Bandhu and for other castes, the TRS working president quoted the Chief Minister’s remarks at the executive committee meeting that TRS would not like to react to demands of political parties which ruled the State as well as the country for more than 70-75 years, but failed to supply even quality power and drinking water during their regime. He asserted that the TRS will be answerable only to the people of Telangana. “If the so-called national parties – BJP and Congress, are keen on uplifting the poor, they should first implement such schemes in the States ruled by them before questioning our policies. We are committed to the welfare of all sections of society,” he said.
Elaborating, Rama Rao said the TRS government was implementing various welfare and developmental programmes with the sole objective of uplifting those at the bottom of the poverty pyramid and the Dalits definitely comprised majority of the poorest of the poor in the country. If the Dalit Bandhu scheme succeeds, the entire country will follow the path, he said, adding that Chandrashekhar Rao wanted the party cadre to actively participate in making the Dalit Bandhu scheme a grand success by creating awareness among the people and involving them.
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