Hyderabad: Indicating early elections by stating that the party would announce candidates in September, Chief Minister and Telangana Rashtra Samithi President K Chandrashekar Rao on Monday said that his party was ready for elections at any time.
CM- ready for elections at any time
Addressing a press conference after the state committee meeting here at Telangana Bhavan, Chandrashekar Rao said that the TRS would go all alone in the next elections and said that a biggest ever public meeting would be organised on September 2 in an area of 1,500 yards in the outskirts of the city, in the name of ‘Pragathi Nivedana Sabha’ where the party would tell what the government has done for the people during the last four years. Rao made it clear that the TRS will not have alliance with any other party and would go alone. He did not disclose whether the Assembly would be dissolved after the announcement of the candidates. “How can I tell whether Assembly will be dissolved? Do you think I will say this here? Even the cabinet ministers don’t know about it,” said Rao when asked about dissolving the Assembly. He said, the party committees including the constituency in charge secretaries would be active in the district from now onwards.
The Chief Minister asked the Congress president not to speak lies. “Rahul says TRS promised 27 lakh houses but the TRS had promised to construct 2.65 lakh houses. Rahul also says not even 5,000 houses were constructed. Let him come, our officials will take him to Qutbullahpur where thousands of houses are being constructed. We have almost filled one lakh jobs as promised,” said Rao. He said that the Congress doesn’t have strength to come in power. Can the Congress leaders say that they would get 20 Lok Sabha seat in a State, he asked. He also took exception to the Rahul Gandhi’s hug to Prime Minister Modi. He said that who needs the hug. Are there only two leaders in the country, he asked.
The chief minister said that Rs 2 lakh loan waiver was not possible in one go. He reminded that there Congress supported government in Karnataka. He said that if that was possible why the Congress party could not do it in Punjab. He said that the revenue resources for Telangana was Rs 10,500 Crore and if R 2 lakh loan waiver to be given at one go, government will have to do nothing for at least one year. Regarding the unemployed allowance promise, Rao asked as to what was the criterion for defining the unemployed and how many would be getting the benefit.
The Chief Minister also targeted the government at the Centre. Rao said that he had told the people at Centre that it was a matter of shame that last five years were over and nothing remarkable was done during this period. He also said that he had opposed to the Aayushmaan Bharat of Centre proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi stating that the State had better scheme than the Centre’s. He said that the Centre had sought the software of the State implemented scheme and he had agreed to give it on condition that the Centre accepts the States scheme name. He said that the TRS government would not continue schemes like Abhaya Hastham, Bangaru Talli, which are brought just before the elections. The Rythu Beema scheme is superior to the Centre’s insurance scheme, he added.
Rao said that the Federal Front was still on and it will be a non-Congress and non-BJP front. He said that the two national parties have failed miserably and added that a strong foundation was being laid for the Federal Front. He said that he would soon meet Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. He said that the party voted for deputy chairman of Rajya Sabha because Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had requested for it and no other party had come up with such request.
The chief minister said that in the coming five years Rs 50,000 Crore would be spent on Hyderabad, when asked when Hyderabad would become Singapore. Replying to a question, Rao said that the issue of suspension of D Srinivas was pending and decision would be taken by the party. He lashed onto former Union Minister Jaipal Reddy and asked him to be decent.
The party adopted nine resolutions including implementation of assurances under AP Reorganisation Act, providing MSP of Rs 2,000 for paddy and corn, linking of NREGA with agriculture, providing 12 per cent reservations to Muslims and STs by including the reservations under Schedule 9 on the lines of Tamil Nadu, having separate ministry in the Centre.