Hyderabad: People of Telangana State have a golden opportunity to teach a fitting lesson to Congress and the TDP in a single stroke in the coming elections, IT and Industries Minister KT Rama Rao has said. He was commenting on what he called an ‘unholy and reprehensible alliance’ of the two opposition parties joining hands in the State to face the elections. Rama Rao was speaking at an event at Telangana Bhavan here on Wednesday where senior Congress leader and former Assembly Speaker K R Suresh Reddy formally joined the Telangana Rashtra Samiti. A host of other leaders from the Congress and many from Nizamabad district also joined the TRS on the occasion.
He said it was peculiar that the Telugu Desam Party that was started with the sole objective of defeating the Congress, has now joined hands with its sworn enemy. “The TDP now has the ‘honour’ of burying the ideals with which the party was established. They may be expecting political gains from this unholy alliance but the people have been given a golden opportunity to teach both of them a strong lesson once and for all,” Rama Rao said.
“People of Telangana,’ he said, ‘now have a clear choice between the two parties that preyed on them for 67 years and left farmers in tears for decades. The choice is between them and the Rythu Bandhu TRS. The choice is between the Congress and the TDP under whose rule farmers were shot in Mudigonda and again on farmers in Basheerbagh in the city and Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao and the TRS that saved farmers of the State by waiving off loans totalling Rs 17,000 crore, gave 24-hours power supply and introduced Rythu Bandhu.”
“These were the parties that starved the fluoride stricken Nalgonda district that saw two lakh people suffer from fluorosis. In the past four and a half years, we have been working hard to ensure safe drinking water reaches every household,” Rama Rao said. He also recalled Prof Jayashankar who had always said that Telangana will only progress when its people have the power to make decisions to uplift themselves. “The choice is between two parties who await instructions from New Delhi and Amaravati and the TRS that belongs to Telangana and its people,” he said.
Rama Rao also took aim at the Congress over its so called readiness to face the elections. “Out in the public, Congress leader N Uttam Kumar Reddy claims his party is ready to face elections even if they held at midnight. But it told the Election Commission of India on Tuesday to put them off for six months,” he said. He then said that no ruling party wants to give up power but the TRS decided to do so eight months ahead of the scheduled completion of the term of its government. “The Congress filed 126 cases against irrigation projects in a bid to derail them. It has been creating obstacles every step of the way to try and create difficulties for the government in implementing welfare and taking up development programmes. So KCR decided that let us go to the people who are the ultimate judges. And once he made his decision public, the Congress has been running scared,” Rama Rao said.
Describing Suresh Reddy as a very senior political leader whose heart always beat for Telangana, Rama Rao said “he is joining the TRS as he believes that the wheels of progress that were set in motion by Chandrashekhar Rao government and the TRS do not come to a grinding halt.”