Telangana IT and Industries Minister K T Rama Rao today welcomed the head of the Singareni Coal Mine Workers Unions of the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), Kengarla Mallaiah, into the TRS at program held in the Telangana Bhavan.
He offered Mallaiah and some other BMS leaders going the party the TRS shawl amidst thunderous applause from the union's supporters.
Speaking on the occasion, the minister asserted that there was "no force in Telangana strong enough to face Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao" in any elections in the state.
He then launched a bitter attack on the leaders of the Opposition for "maligning" the TRS government for "political gains".
Slamming TPCC head A Revanth Reddy for making "unfounded allegations" against the CM, KTR claimed that Reddy was "a beggar new to begging". He also lambasted state BJP chief Bandi Sanjay Kumar for "spreading lies".
"The leaders of the Opposition must stop indulging in a misinformation campaign against the CM as he is a great leader. Neither Revanth Reddy nor Bandi Sanjay will become leaders solely by levelling false charges against our government. Such tricks to garner cheap publicity will not take them far. Unless they work sincerely for the development and welfare of the state and its people, they will not get public support," he added.
Further, the minister admonished the Congress, the BJP, and YSR Telangana Party (Y S Sharmila's new party) for their plans of taking up padayatras.
"The Opposition should visit the villages and towns of our state which have been flourishing under the rule of our government. Schemes like Palle Pragathi, Pattana Pragathi, and Haritha Haram, implemented by us, are helping the people of both rural and urban Telangana. Such programs have not been taken up in either the BJP ruled states or those ruled by the Congress. Moreover, the leaders of the saffron party continually make false claims about our government's inability to bring growth to the state when they themselves have not even been able to procure funds for Telangana from the BJP-led Centre. They have also failed to convince the Modi government to grant national status to the Kaleshwaram and Palamur-Rangareddy irrigation projects, and have not been vocal about the regime's decision to axe the ITIR project. Similarly, the Congress, which had ruled united Andhra Pradesh for years, was unable to bring development or welfare to the people of the region," he thundered.
Continuing his tirade against the Opposition, KTR claimed, "Revanth Reddy, who had alleged that AICC head Sonia Gandhi had caused the deaths of 1,200 people during the Telangana agitation, has now become TPCC chief. This is the same leader who had called Sonia Gandhi a demon. I would like to remind both Reddy and Bandi Sanjay that it was the TRS that spearheaded the statehood movement which led to the creation of Telangana. They should remember that without Telangana, there would be no TPCC and T-BJP. The BJP also should realise that winning the Dubbaka by-election is not equivalent to getting mass support. Also, if the two Opposition leaders continue to spread falsehoods about the CM, they will, before long, have to face the ire of the people."
Reacting to Revanth Reddy's recent comments about stoning Congress defectors
, he asserted that the 12 MLAs of the party who had joined the TRS fold had done so in accordance with all the required legislative procedures, and asked Reddy how he, himself a defector who had left the TDP to join the Congress, could make such a statement.