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Maha villages want to contest on TRS ticket

Maha villages want to contest on TRS ticket
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The villages under five assembly segments of Nalgaon, Bhokar, Degloor, Kinwat and Hathgaon in Nanded district of Maharashtra bordering Telangana is likely to open the doors for TRS to make political entry into the neighbouring state.

Hyderabad: The villages under five assembly segments of Nalgaon, Bhokar, Degloor, Kinwat and Hathgaon in Nanded district of Maharashtra bordering Telangana is likely to open the doors for TRS to make political entry into the neighbouring state.

Demand for implementing the welfare schemes of Telangana or merger of these villages with Telangana has been on in these assembly segments for long.

In the backdrop of this, people and elected representatives affiliated to several political parties under the leadership of Babli Sarpanch Babu Rao Ganapath on Tuesday met Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao and expressed their desire to contest the forthcoming Maharashtra Assembly elections on TRS ticket.

Nalgoan, Bhokar and Hathgaon are the stronghold of Congress while Shiv Sena holds sway in Degloor and Kinwat assembly segments.

"Our villages are bordering the Telangana State villages. But the situation in our villages when compared to Telangana is entirely different. People and farmers in the bordering villages are very happy while we are in distress.

For farmers in Telangana state, each one is getting Rs 10,000 financial assistance per acre per year under the Rythu Bandhu Scheme.

Our government is not implementing any scheme like this to our farmers. The poor people in Telangana State are getting Rs 2,016 per month as pension whereas in Maharashtra they are getting meagre Rs 600 only.

In the Telangana State farmers are getting 24-hour uninterrupted free and quality power. In our state we are promised 8-hours power supply but in reality, we are getting only 6 hours. There are matrimonial alliances between the Telangana State and Maharashtra State among the people.

In the Telangana state, schemes like Kalyan Laxmi, KCR Kits, and clothes distribution during the festivals are helping the women folk immensely. While in Maharashtra there are no such schemes. Roads are very good in Telangana and they are in a sordid state in our State," they told the CM.

They also lamented that they were in dire straits regarding irrigation. "There is no water in Babli village itself! When Telangana government fills up SRSP with water from Kaleswaram Project, we get some benefit through the backwaters," the leaders from Nanded district explained.

They said that in the past, 40 villages in the Dharmabad Taluk have passed a resolution demanding merger of their villages with the Telangana state.

Responding to the resolution, the Maharashtra government then declared Rs 40 crore grant for these villages and stated that they would be releasing Rs 12 crore immediately. But till date not even a single rupee was released, the leaders said.

The leaders from Nanded further clarified that under the then Nizam rule they were very much part of the Hyderabad State. They also celebrate Bathukamma and Bonalu festivals in their villages even today.

ey have long and historic relationship with people in Telangana since ages, their demand for merger with the Telangana State is rational. They said very soon they will come with leaders from Congress, BJP, Shiv Sena and NCP to meet KCR.

The CM said besides people from five Assembly segments from Nanded district, people are also asking for the TRS tickets from Bhiwandi, Sholapur and Rajara. He said a decision would be taken on this shortly.

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