Telangana Home Minister Mohammad Mahmood Ali, who has been a prominent part
of the TRS' ongoing campaign for the upcoming Nagarjuna Sagar by-election, was today seen urging voters to support the party's candidate, Nomula Bhagat, at a meeting of Muslim voters in the constituency.
In his bid to garner support for Bhagat, he launched a rather caustic attack on the Congress candidate for the seat, veteran leader K Jana Reddy, and alleged, "It is of no use to vote for Jana Reddy as he never did anything for the development of Nagarjuna Sagar in his earlier tenures. Why should anybody vote for him again?"
The minister then appealed to the people of the region to support Bhagat instead.
Legislative Council Chairman G Sukender Reddy was also present at the meeting.
Later, Mahmood Ali told the media that the Congress leader had failed to address local issues, including fluoride contamination in the water, lack of irrigation infrastructure and basic amenities.
"When he failed to develop the region in his past tenures, why will voters give Jana Reddy votes this time?" It is the TRS government that has been working tirelessly for the welfare of the people. Its policies extend support to farmers, the poor, the elderly, widows and the students of the state. Several schemes of welfare implemented by us are now being adopted by other states. Our government has even addressed the long-standing fluoride problem in the area through the highly successful Mission Bhagiratha program," the minister claimed.
Continuing his attack on the Congress candidate, he charged, "Jana Reddy might be a former minister. However, he is now old and can do nothing for the development of Nagarjuna Sagar even if he wins. Voting for the TRS, on the other hand, will be voting for development."
"Only the KCR regime spends huge funds of about Rs 40,000 crore on welfare alone. Our Chief Minister, K Chandrashekar Rao is deeply concerned for the people of Telangana. Schemes like the Kalyan Lakshmi and the Shaadi Mubarak, our pension programs, and the KCR Kits are all proof of this concern. Further, the marginalised sections of society too have been supported by our CM - hundreds of gurukuls and colleges opened by the KCR government have helped lakhs of ST students. Other scholarship and reservation policies have helped lakhs of Muslim and SC students. It is then clear who will bring progress to the region. We hope the voters will make the correct choice," the TRS leader added.