TPCC President and MP N Uttam Kumar Reddy today asked the Congress cadre to focus on winning the upcoming MLC elections in both the Khammam-Warangal-Nalgonda and Hyderabad-Rangareddy-Mahabubnagar graduates' constituencies, which will be conducted on Sunday, March 14.
Speaking at a virtual meeting of TPCC and DCC office-holders, party MLAs and MLCs, and workers, Reddy said both the candidates chosen to by the party, G Chinna Reddy (contesting for the Hyderabad-Rangareddy-Mahabubnagar seat) and Ramulu Naik (contesting for the Khammam-Warangal-Nalgonda seat) were known as upright leaders with vast political experience and acumen, and had the potential to win the two seats.
"Both Chinna Reddy and Ramulu Naik are known to be clean, good leaders who are devoted to serving the people. They are both also true warriors of the Telangana movement. Therefore, it is very likely that they will have the support of the people of the two graduates' constituencies. The candidates of the TRS and the BJP may not enjoy similar support, especially since the incumbent MLCs, TRS' Palla Rajeshwar Reddy and BJP's Ramchander Rao, did nothing for the development of their respective constituencies during their tenures. So, neither Rajeshwar Reddy, who is re-contesting for the Warangal-Khammam-Nalgonda seat, nor Ramchander Rao, re-contesting for the Hyderabad-Rangareddy-Mahabubnagar seat, will have much support," he claimed.
"Our candidates, on the other hand, have been getting a tremendous response from the employees, unemployed youth, and graduates of the state. We should be able to secure a comfortable victory over both the TRS and the BJP's candidates," Reddy added.
The TPCC head then directed the party leaders to convince the voters that only the two Congress candidates would work to address their problems. He also lashed out at the TRS and the BJP for having "commercialised" politics, and alleged that neither the BJP-led Centre nor the TRS-led state government had fulfilled any of the election-time promises they had made to the people.
"The only way to punish the two ruling parties for the non-fulfilment of their respective promises is to ensure that they do not win the upcoming MLC elections. We must assure the government employees of the state that our candidates are the only ones who will fight for their rights, and help them secure an appropriate fitment and a decent hike in the housing rent allowance. The employees should teach the TRS a lesson by rejecting the party's candidates. Similarly, the state's unemployed youth must give the TRS a big shock if they wish to get the promised monthly unemployment allowance of Rs 3,016," the Congress leader added.
He then addressed the brutal murder of the lawyer couple
, Gattu Vaman Rao and P V Nagamani, and alleged that Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao had not even bothered to condemn the incident, even after two days.
"By remaining silent on the murders, the CM is conveying a dangerous message to the goondas of the TRS - that they are free to carry on with their illegal activities, and murder those who oppose them. To stop such gruesome events, a CBI enquiry must be ordered into the Peddapalli murders," Reddy added.