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KCR Looted Telangana, Made it Debt-Ridden: Rahul Gandhi

Campaigning for the Telangana elections, the Congress president also alleged that KCR had no respect for the people of the state, and needed to rest after the polls.
Hyderabad | 3rd December 2018
Congress president Rahul Gandhi today alleged that Telangana caretaker Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao had no respect for the people of the state.

Addressing massive public meetings at Gadwal of Jogulamba-Gadwal district and Tandur of Vikarabad district, Gandhi referred to the comments made by KCR in his speech at Adilabad wherein he had said that the people were not mature enough to elect the right candidates.

Gandhi said that with those remarks, KCR had insulted the same people who had made him the Chief Minister.

He said that KCR had no respect for anyone, and demanded an apology to the people from the caretaker CM for the remarks.

He added that KCR also owed an apology to the farmers, the youth and other sections for shattering their dreams and aspirations.

In both the meetings, Gandhi began his speech by reminding the people of the dream they'd seen of a brighter future when Telangana was formed.

"Your dreams of having 'neeru, nidhulu, niyamakalu' (water, funds and jobs) were shattered, and you've been cheated by KCR," Gandhi said.

"We thought that the new state of Telangana would show the way to the other states. We expected that the first government of new state would take all the necessary measures to secure a bright future for its youth, farmers and women. But all those dreams were shattered by KCR," he said.

Also alleging that KCR had indulged in massive corruption, Gandhi called KCR "Khao Commission Rao", a name which he said was given by the people themselves, and said, "The construction costs of the Palamuru - Ranga Reddy project approved by the previous Congress regime was about Rs. 10,000 crores. However, the TRS government re-designed the project and escalated the costs to Rs. 60,000 crores. KCR looted the state through the project and gave thousands of crores to contractors and his friends, but failed to give water to the people of Telangana."

Gandhi also accused the TRS boss of massive economic mismanagement. He said that KCR had made a revenue-surplus Telangana into a debt-ridden state that had outstanding loans of Rs. 2.5 lakh crores, with his wrong policies. The state had a revenue surplus of Rs. 17,000 crores at the time of its formation in 2014, but today every family of Telangana had a debt burden of about Rs. 1 lakh, Gandhi claimed.

Surprisingly, he said that KCR's son and caretaker minister K T Rama Rao's income grew by more than 400% over the last four years.

Expressing concern over the rising rate of unemployment in Telangana, Gandhi said that nearly 30 lakh qualified youth were jobless in the state.

"How many government jobs were offered by KCR in the last four-and-a-half years? The whole of Telangana knows that KCR ruined the careers of lakhs of youth. The original dream for Telangana was to transform it into a 'bangaru Telangana' (golden Telangana), but KCR transformed it into a 'bangaru kutumbam' (golden family)," he said.

Speaking on land and tribal issues, Gandhi said that though the previous UPA government had brought in new laws to protect the lands of the farmers and the tribals, KCR had either suspended or weakened those laws in Telangana. Citing the provisions of the Central Act, Gandhi said that no land could be taken from the farmers or the adivasis without their consent, and that the displaced farmers were entitled to compensation of up to four times the market value of the land acquired.

He alleged that despite such provisions the KCR government had forcibly snatched lands, and that the rights of the tribals on their "jal, jangal and zameen" (water, forest and land) were suspended.

The Congress president also blamed the TRS government for suicides by thousands of farmers. Farmers were also arrested and chained when they held protests demanding commensurate prices for their produce, he said.

"You also promised 22 lakh houses but delivered less than 5,000 double bedroom units. If you had some respect for the people of Telangana, then you would have constructed the houses you had promised, and today many more homeless people would have been able to take some rest. You did not give 3 acres of land to poor dalit and girijan families, either - another in your long string of broken promises," Gandhi said.

Referring to KCR's comment that he would take rest if the TRS was voted out in the upcoming Telangana Assembly elections, Gandhi said that it would be good for the people if KCR indeed took rest.

Rahul Gandhi said that if the Congress came to power, it would fulfill all those promises. "We will give Rs. 5 lakhs for the construction of new houses to poor families who have their own plots. The jobless youth will be given a monthly allowance of Rs 3,000. Each mandal will get a 30-bed hospital, and people will get free treatment up to Rs 5 lakhs. STs will be given reservations in jobs and education in proportion to their population, and the Congress government will support and pursue the SC categorization issue," he said.

"We will also provide you hospitals and education. Those who participated in the statehood agitation will be provided jobs. We will spend 20% of the state budget on education, and establish new colleges, universities and schools to enable your children prosper in their lives and careers," he vowed.

He also promised that all the women Self Help Groups (SHGs) would be given a grant of Rs 1 lakh each, and that a Rs 500-crore fund would be earmarked to help women entrepreneurs.

Gandhi promised the people that the Congress-led Praja Kutami government would also waive off crop loans of up to Rs 2 lakhs per farmer in a single take. "If Prime Minister Narendra Modi could waive off the loans of 15 rich businessmen in the country worth Rs 3.5 lakh crores, then the Congress can definitely waive off the crop loans of poor farmers," he said.

Alleging that the TRS was a secret ally of the BJP, the Congress president said that Indian politics were witnessing a fight between the Congress and its allies and the BJP-led alliance, which in Telangana translated to the Congress-led Praja Kutami fighting with the TRS, which was a secret ally of the BJP and an open friend of the MIM.

"In all my speeches, I've always attacked Modi, the BJP and the RSS. The Congress and I did not move back an inch in fighting them. However, KCR never speaks against Modi because he knows that Telangana's remote is in Modi's hand. That has led to him never daring to speak against even the blatantly anti-people decisions like the demonetization and the GST," he said.

Speaking at Tandur, Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) president Uttam Kumar Reddy promised to bring Vikarabad back into the Charminar zone, and to develop Vikarabad town as a satellite city. He also promised to construct a by-pass road to reduce the pollution being caused by the movement of cement factory vehicles.

Saying that the Tandur stone industry was badly affected by the GST, Reddy said that the Congress-led government would take measures to reduce the GST. He also promised a government degree college, upgradation of the government hospital, establishment of an ESI hospital, construction of Road-Over-Bridges and Road-Under-Bridges, and better irrigation facilities for the famers in old Tandur.
filed in:  Telangana, Elections, Assembly Elections, Rahul Gandhi, Telangana Congress, KCR, TRS, N Uttam Kumar Reddy
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