Chief Minister Telangana K Chandrashekhar Rao implicitly and explicitly conveyed, in more than one way, several facets to everyone, who attended the mammoth public meeting at Kongara Kalan near Hyderabad on Sunday, as well as all those who heard him over television sets across the state and country. If the message of early elections was implicit when he avoided a direct reference to that in his speech, it was explicit, when he announced that Rajya Sabha Member K Keshava Rao will head the manifesto committee for the next elections.
TRS government has made significant strides since 2014
CM added that welfare schemes would be included in the election manifesto. It was however anybody’s guess whether he would prefer a dissolution and go for elections to state assembly earlier than expected or otherwise. The Chief Minister though was totally non-committal on calling for early election to the Assembly however said that he would announce a decision at the right time soon.
None of the political parties had any clue on the outcome except a wild guess. They could not get an inclination whether CM would announce an early election or not. CM kept them guessing with fingers crossed and reserved the final decision with him, which could be either way, keeping his cards close to his chest.
When CM made yet another reference to Mission Bhagiratha Scheme and said that drinking water to every household would be made available about six months ahead of elections, it is again one more implicit indication of early elections. In a way CM confirmed early elections when he said that he fulfilled his commitment of not asking votes unless the scheme is successfully implanted.
Yet another indication Chief Minister KCR gave about early elections implicitly was, that, the Council of Ministers left the final decision to him and added that he will do what is good for the people of state and the decision will be taken in the coming days.
In yet another clear message, criticising Congress party, CM said that, the goal of political parties should be to build better lives for the people of the State and not politicize everything. CM cited examples of Telangana government’s various schemes and programs benefiting each and every section of the state. He also indicated that Congress if voted to power will not be able to do even a miniscule part of what was done during the last 50 odd months governance of TRS. The best example he gave was formation of Zones enabling employment opportunities to 95 per cent of locals. CM asked the gathering, that, if TRS was not in power, would this 95 per cent reservation in jobs for locals have been possible.
Citing the example of Tamil Nadu politics CM emphasised the importance and role of regional parties in the development of state and also in fighting against the so-called national parties. According to him, which again is a message, wherever there are regional parties it amounts to people having their own political parties to ensure self-respect of the people of that State. CM compared the Tamil Nadu scenario with Telangana where TRS took care of its people which conferred its massive support to government of Telangana under his leadership.
The nearly 30-lakh crowd in 600 acres of ground that gathered there amidst incessant cheers and applause heard with rapt attention when CM detailed the development and welfare measures that were initiated and implemented in the state during the 51 months of TRS governance.
When CM mentioned about uninterrupted power supply, empowering farmers, reviving the agriculture sector that was in distress and despair through Rythu Bandhu and Rythu Bhima, reviving hereditary professions, the Mission Kakatiya, rescuing the weaver’s families that were in awful conditions, strengthening the rural economy by extending due support to cattle rearing or sheep farming and many such schemes the audience felt immensely happy acknowledging their understanding of how the government worked throughout in helping them financially and otherwise.
Responding to the enthusiasm of audience the CM in yet another clear-cut electioneering kind of message called on the people to stand by the TRS Government to bring back it to power again and again. CM assured of better days ahead for them in the future promising the TRS government’s preparedness to continue to work hard for improving the economic standards of the people and share the state’s wealth with the people. In this regard CM hinted at increasing the pension amount and providing unemployment allowance.
Assuring the emergence of Bangaru Telangana when the irrigation projects are completed, when one crore acres are irrigated and when the entire State turn green with life CM said that the government will increasingly share this wealth with the people. Here again the message CM gave was, Telangana today is synonymous with growth and of course this will continue like this, as long as TRS is in power.
CM also recalled the days of 2001, when, following an abnormal hike in power tariff by the then Chandrababu Naidu Government impacting farmers and how he wrote an open letter to the CM demanding withdrawal of the hike unsuccessfully. CM told the audience how that particular incident triggered the fight for Telangana and how he fought uncompromisingly until the statehood was achieved non-violently.
CM shared with the audience how after attaining Telangana State and even before that too, brainstorming took place on reinventing and reorienting the State. CM also shared with the audience the problems countered and challenges faced by the newly formed Telangana State Government on administrative and financial fronts and how successfully they could overcome them.
The message on the whole is very clear from CM when he finally said that the government made significant strides in the past four-and-a-half years and there was more to achieve. And hence the need to bring back TRS to power as and when elections are held-whether earlier or as scheduled.