Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao vowed to complete the Nellikal Lift Irrigation Scheme and irrigate a major portion of the Nagarjuna Sagar Assembly constituency within next one-and-a-half year. He also promised to provide Godavari water to irrigate the ayacut under the Nagarjuna Sagar by pumping water through Palair reservoir and Pedadevulapalli tank.
Addressing a massive public meeting at Haliya on Wednesday ahead of the Nagarjuna Sagar bypoll, the Chief Minister declared that he would not seek votes in the next elections without completing the lift irrigation schemes sanctioned in Devarakonda, Miryalaguda, Huzurnagar and Kodada Assembly constituencies.
Chandrashekhar Rao urged people to analyse the pros and cons with wisdom before casting their vote on April 17. He reiterated that people need not cast votes based on his promises and should consider the good work done by the TRS government since the State formation. “You cannot feed a donkey and expect the cow to give milk,” he cautioned, urging people to vote for TRS candidate Nomula Bhagath.
Assuring an MLC seat to TRS leader Koti Reddy soon, Chandrashekhar Rao said the Nagarjuna Sagar constituency would soon have two legislators. He said he would visit Nagarjuna Sagar within two weeks of the byelection results to unveil a development plan for the constituency. He promised to supply irrigation water to Tirumalagiri Sagar mandal within next one-and-a-half year. He also announced plans to upgrade the existing BC residential welfare school at Nagarjuna Sagar (Nandikonda municipality) into a degree college and also construct a Shaadikhana for the benefit of Muslims in Haliya. He promised to resolve the problem of the Irrigation Department lands in the Nandikonda municipality limits and issue land pattas to the eligible soon.
The TRS president slammed Congress candidate and former Minister K Jana Reddy, who boasts of a career spanning over 30 years, and demanded him to explain why he failed to get at least a degree college sanctioned to the Nandikonda municipality. He said Telangana was treated like an orphan before the TRS was formed and held the Congress leaders responsible for the condition in the Telangana region in erstwhile Andhra Pradesh. He sought to know what did the Congress achieve for Telangana and its people during its 60-year-rule.
“If the Congress leaders of Telangana worked with commitment for the people who elected them, there would have been no need for the TRS. Instead, the Congress leaders remained silent and ignored the region to serve their Andhra rulers and safeguarded their posts. But the TRS leaders had quit their posts for the cause of Telangana State,” he added. He ridiculed the detractors and said his Chief Minister’s post was not given to him by anyone but the people of Telangana.
He termed the attempts made by the opposition parties to prevent the public meeting at Haliya as undemocratic and wondered why people had objections to his meeting when such public meetings were being addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other leaders across the country as part of the ongoing elections in different States.
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