KCR and his family have ruined Telangana, says Rahul Gandhi
The Congress vice-president said Telangana has become captive in the hands of just four family members of chief minister KCR, not a single job was created in the last three years, and farmers could not get fresh loans.india Updated: Jun 02, 2017 17:47 IST
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi expressed anguish on Thursday over the way the Telangana Rashtra Samithi government headed by K Chandrasekhar Rao “shattered the dreams” of various sections of people who fought for a separate state for decades.
Gandhi was addressing a public meeting organised by the Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee at Sangareddy, about 70km from Hyderabad, on the eve of the third anniversary of the formation of Telangana.
He said the Congress, under the leadership of Sonia Gandhi, granted separate statehood to the region as it understood the dreams and aspirations of the people despite knowing that it would be a politically disastrous move and face stiff resistance from various forces opposing bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.
“But have your dreams been fulfilled in the last three years? Have you been able to get your due share of waters, jobs, land and financial resources?” Gandhi asked.
He said Telangana had become captive in the hands of just four family members of KCR (as the CM is popularly known).
“This family has usurped the rights of the people and made all others, including MPs, MLAs, ministers and other public representatives subservient to it. The chief minister is not working for the common man, but for contractors and lobbyists.
“He (KCR) has done nothing for the people except changing the names of schemes introduced by the previous Congress government and trying to redesign the projects taken up by us. What kind of Telangana is this? Is this the Golden Telangana you had fought for?”
Lashing out at the TRS government, the Congress vice-president said not a single job was created in the last three years, while farmers could not get fresh loans.
“The so-called loan waiver scheme was just bogus. When the Congress was in power in the state, it had waived crop loans worth Rs 70,000 crore in one stroke. Though the TRS government is making tall claims, many farmers were still not able to get fresh loans from banks,” he said.
Gandhi said he was terribly disturbed to know that farmers were handcuffed and paraded for demanding remunerative prices for their crops.
He also criticised KCR for trying to water down the Land Acquisition Act of 2013 brought in by the previous UPA government to safeguard the interests of farmers who would be losing their land to irrigation projects.
“While the Congress sought to protect their rights by making it mandatory to take the approval of farmers for land acquisition, this chief minister is usurping their land forcibly,” he alleged.
Gandhi also said the TRS government failed to provide jobs to the unemployed youth, fulfil its promise of providing education to the students free of cost from KG to PG and facilitate industrialisation.
“While (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi talked about Make in India, KCR promised rapid industrial growth. The Congress party, if voted to power, will ensure that every product used by the people will have Made in India and Made in Telangana imprint,” he said.
First Published: Jun 01, 2017 21:47 IST