Hyderabad: TRS legislators slammed former IPS officer RS Praveen Kumar for making derogatory remarks against Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao. They said the Opposition leaders were trying to portray themselves as saviours of Dalits from the time the Chief Minister announced Telangana Dalit Bandhu scheme and wondered as to why the former could not come up with similar or better schemes for empowerment of SCs.
Speaking to mediapersons at TRS Legislative Party meeting here on Monday, MLA Gadari Kishore Kumar said Praveen Kumar has a history of suppressing various movements including the Telangana movement on the Osmania University campus. “People are not ready to believe the former IPS officer about his commitment towards developing the weaker sections,” he said, and demanded to know what prompted Praveen Kumar to target the Chief Minister over Dalit empowerment, but failing to utter a word over the role of Prime Minister Narendra Modi or BJP government at the Centre in upliftment of the weaker sections.
“Praveen Kumar resigned from his post as he feared action by the BJP leadership over allegations against him. He must remember that he was only implementing the TRS government’s policies and decisions as a civil servant, but had no personal contribution to the development of residential welfare schools in the State. If not for his posting, he could not have done anything for the weaker sections,” he added.
Kishore Kumar said while the Congress, which was responsible for the killings of Adivasis at Indravelli, was now staging a drama by organising a meeting in solidarity with the tribals, the BJP leadership was demanding the resignation of TRS MLAs for not implementing promises even though Modi and his colleagues continue in their posts despite their repeated failures on all fronts. He stated that BSP president Mayawati had installed her statues in Uttar Pradesh during her regime rather than those of Dr BR Ambedkar.
MLA S Saidi Reddy challenged Praveen Kumar and other Opposition leaders to explain what they had done for Telangana and its people rather than criticising the Chief Minister for vote bank politics. He stated that to criticise the Chief Minister, one must be greater than him and demanded to know if any other State was implementing schemes that were better than those in Telangana.
MLA Bollam Mallaiah Yadav said sooner or later, Praveen Kumar will become a pawn in the hands of the BJP leadership which was trying to destroy strong regional parties across the country. Another legislator Bhaskar Rao advised the former IPS officer to stop making baseless allegations and instead, explain his plans for Dalit upliftment.
He asked Praveen Kumar to explain why he worked under the Chandrashekhar Rao government when he disliked the policies. He said Praveen Kumar will meet the same fate as suffered by former civil servants Jayaprakash Narayan and VV Laxminarayana when they entered politics.
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