Rajanna-Sircilla: IT and Industries Minister K T Rama Rao on Thursday said that Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao never treated the Muslim community as a vote bank.
Speaking at a campaign meeting here, the Minister said that earlier, in undivided Andhra Pradesh, curfew used to be imposed in Hyderabad during festivals. “Such situations have become a thing of the past, and have never been seen after the TRS came to power in the State after bifurcation,” he said.
Stating that there was brotherhood between Hindus and Muslims now, Rama Rao said that Chandrashekhar Rao was the only Chief Minister who sincerely believed in secularism. “Besides distributing new clothes to poor Muslims during Ramzan, Rs 1.20 lakh is being spent on each student studying in minority residential schools across the State,” he said.
“People have seen many chief ministers but no government had ever allocated such a high budget for the Muslim community. Shadi khanas (marriage halls) have been constructed across Sircilla constituency,” he said.
Commenting on BJP leader Paripoornananda’s statement that BJP would win 70 seats in the State, the Minister said that the BJP would find it difficult even to retain its existing five MLA seats. “TRS will capture the BJP seats in the coming Assembly elections,” he said.
Listing out the welfare measures extended by the TRS government, he said that 4,000 double-bedroom houses that were sanctioned for the district are under construction. The TRS will also sanction Rs 5 lakh for construction of double-bedroom houses to people who have their own land, he said.