K T Rama Rao nails State BJP lies on Central funds to Telangana

The Minister effectively nailed the persistent lies of the State BJP leadership including the party president Bandi Sanjay Kumar that the Centre had released a ‘staggering’ Rs 7,000 crore to Telangana in the fight against Covid-19.

By   |  Published: 21st Sep 2020  1:10 pmUpdated: 22nd Sep 2020  12:40 am

Hyderabad:The persistent disinformation campaign of the State BJP leadership that the Centre had released a staggering Rs 7,000 crore to Telangana State to fight the coronavirus pandemic was thoroughly exposed when Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Ashwini Kumar Choubey categorically stated in Parliament that the State had been given only Rs 290 crore over two years.

Choubey, in a written reply in the Lok Sabha, clearly said the Union government had released Rs 33.40 crore in 2019-20 and Rs 256.89 crore in 2020-21 to Telangana State for management and containment of the pandemic. Interestingly, the Union Minister’s reply was to a query raised by State BJP president Bandi Sanjay Kumar, who represents Karimnagar Lok Sabha constituency. Sanjay and other leaders from the saffron party have been shouting from the rooftops that Telangana had received humongous funding from the Centre to fight Covid-19 in an attempt to malign the TRS government.

The difference between claims and reality is a staggering Rs 6,710 crore, something which State Minister Eatala Rajender had pointed out on more than one occasion. And on Monday, IT and Industries Minister K T Rama Rao went for the BJP’s jugular not only on this count but also on the perils of bulldozing the ill-conceived farm Bills in Parliament last weekend.

The Minister, quoting the Union Minister’s reply, tweeted: “TS BJP MPs claim that Government of India released a staggering Rs 7,000 crore to Telangana in the fight against Covid-19. The NDA govt in response to a question answered that all they had released to Telangana was Rs 290 crore. What an absolute shameful distortion and misleading propaganda.”

On May 25, Sanjay Kumar, in a letter to Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, sought a white paper on funds released by the Centre to contain Covid-19 and the details of expenditure by the State government. He had then claimed that the Centre had released over Rs 4,500 crore under various heads to combat Covid while BJP MP from Nizamabad Arvind Dharmapuri claimed that the Central government had given Rs 7,000 crore to Telangana to fight Covid-19, which he also posted on his Facebook page on May 3.

Training his guns on the BJP government at the Centre, Rama Rao pointed out the contrasting parallels between the farmer-friendly Revenue Bills passed by the Telangana Legislature during the recently concluded Monsoon session and the farm bills passed by Parliament.

“When the Telangana legislature passed the farmer friendly revenue bill last week, there was widespread jubilation and cheer among the farming community across the State. If the agriculture bills 2020 is truly a watershed moment, why is no farmer celebrating and why are the NDA allies resigning?” Rama Rao said in another tweet, in an obvious potshot at Prime Minister Narendra Modi who had described it as a watershed moment.

The Revenue Bills, which seek to bring in sweeping reforms in land administration and more importantly, weed out corruption, was not only widely welcomed by farmers and other sections of society, but the opposition too didn’t have much to say against it. Even days after the Bills were passed by the State legislature, farmers and revenue staff continue to appreciate the State government’s efforts in one form or the other.

In sharp contrast, the farm bills that the Centre got passed by voice vote not only triggered massive protests by farmers in several States, it also created political upheavals even within the NDA with the lone Akali Dal Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal resigning from the Union Cabinet, and the ally doing some serious rethink on continuing in the ruling alliance. The passage of the farm bills has also brought together the opposition parties including the TRS that put up a stiff resistance to the bills.

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