Hyderabad: Federalism cannot just be about autonomy, but also about fiscal devolution and only then India will prosper, said IT and Industries Minister KT Rama Rao. He pointed out that India was a Union of States and the action was happening in the States.
Making it clear in no certain terms, Rama Rao stated that if the Government of India was serious about ‘Team India’ or ‘Cooperative Federalism’, then it ought to be doing more in terms of devolution. He pointed out that Telangana State was contributing much to the Centre than what the Centre was devolving to the State.
“The Government of India has to remember that stronger the States are, stronger will be the country,” Rama Rao asserted, while speaking on ‘Roles of States in Building India’ at the Times Now Summit organised in New Delhi on Thursday.
On politics, Rama Rao who is also TRS working president stated that both Congress and BJP have let down the country in the past several years. He felt that there is no true national party in India today as both these parties have no presence in all the States of India. He hinted that the future belongs to regional parties of India which were growing stronger day-by-day.
He also made it clear that TRS was the ‘A-Team’ of Telangana and he believes only in people’s mandate. “We do not belong to the ideological camp of either Congress or BJP,” he said.
When it comes to Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), the Minister felt that the Central government has bigger issues to tackle and it should focus on them. “Our stand on the CAA has been clear. We opposed the exclusion of Muslims in the CAA,” he said. Stating that demonetisation has hampered the growth of Indian economy, he regretted to have supported demonetisation in the beginning.