Hyderabad: Telangana Congress president N Uttam Kumar Reddy on Wednesday defended his party’s decision to enter into a pre-poll alliance with the TDP saying there was “nothing wrong in joining hands with like-minded parties.” Uttam Kumar Reddy was responding to questions posed on Tuesday by Minister T Harish Rao.
In an open letter to Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, the Congress leader claimed that the questions had little to do with Telangana and said it was normal in politics to form alliances and come to understandings with other parties.
Claiming that the Congress was all set to come to power in the State, he said: “We are answerable to the people and we will answer to them.”
He also said that the agitation in the TRS over the opposition parties’ alliance pointed towards uncertainty in the ruling party over its poll prospects.
The TRS, he said, has not yet explained why it allowed TDP and Congress members into its fold and then gave Cabinet positions to some TDP leaders. He also claimed that though Congress alone can defeat TRS, it had joined hands with like-minded parties to ensure victory of the opposition parties in the election.
Manwhile, former Congress MLA Komatireddy Venkat Reddy said his party, if it comes to power, would scrap the 4,000 MW Damaracherla Thermal Power Station project in Nalgonda district.
He said the power plant would prove expensive at Rs 28,000 crores which is its present cost. It will only go up by the time it is completed, he said. Many more avenues for cheaper power are available, he said, and alleged: “The TRS government rushed through with the project only so its leaders can amass money through commissions.”
He also said the plant will pose very serious environmental hazards to people through its emissions and fly ash ponds.