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Congress grabs TD stick to beat TRS government

Congress grabs TD stick to beat TRS government
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Taking a cue from Telugu Desam Party in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, the Telangana Congress has stepped up the campaign for implementation of promises made to the State in the AP Reorganisation Act, with a view to corner the government. 

Hyderabad: Taking a cue from Telugu Desam Party in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, the Telangana Congress has stepped up the campaign for implementation of promises made to the State in the AP Reorganisation Act, with a view to corner the government.

The party has been exerting pressure on the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi to fight with the Centre for implementation of promises. It has targeted Chief Minister K Chandrashekar in particular.

In fact, the Congress has been fighting for the implementation of promises made in AP Reorganisation Act like establishment of steel factory at Bayyaram, tribal and horticulture university and coach factory at Kazipet.

Party leader and deputy floor leader in Legislative Council Ponguleti Sudhakar Reddy has filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking to give directions to the Centre to implement the promises being made to
Telangana.

The case has come for hearing and the Centre has filed an affidavit in the court and stated that it was not possible to establish steel factory at Bayyaram. Sudhakar Reddy has been demanding the State government to implead in the case and to bring pressure on the Centre for implementation of promises.

However, the recent campaign of TDP of Andhra Pradesh for implementation of promises made to AP has provided impetus for the fight of the Telangana Congress in support of the same cause. The party has decided to use no implementation of the promises made to Telangana as weapon against the ruling TRS.

The party leaders have come together to prevail upon the TRS to demand for implementation of promises. The Congress has chosen this issue tactically aiming to achieve two objectives at one shot. Clamour for implementation of the promises would improve party image among the people and at the same time, the ruling party would come under pressure to defend itself.

The Congress is of the view that ruling TRS has been trying to have friendly ties with the BJP and if it starts to demand for implementation of promises, it would strain the relations between both parties. So it was not in a position to bring pressure on the Centre. The TRS’s failure to demand for the implementation of promises would give advantage for the campaign by Congress and would expose the ruling party. Several senior leaders of the party felt that it was the right time to wage a fight against the ruling TRS on the promises issue. The party should take up sustained agitation to bring pressure on the ruling party.

The Telugu Desam of AP has achieved some success by demanding for the implementation of promises and the Congress of Telangana could also reap benefits from the issue.

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