Telangana assembly elections 2018: KCR raises poll pitch, warns of ‘Andhra takeover’

Telangana assembly elections 2018: TRS president and caretaker chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Tuesday cautioned people to be wary of Andhra rulers, who are ‘seeking to gain control’ over Telangana once again.

telangana elections Updated: Dec 05, 2018 09:54 IST
Hindustan Times, Hyderabad
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Telangana assembly elections 2018: K Chandrasekhar Rao was addressing a public meeting at Kosgi town in Kodangal assembly constituency, which was tense on Tuesday morning following the arrest of Telangana Congress working president A Revanth Reddy.(File Photo)

Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) president and caretaker chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR) on Tuesday cautioned people to be wary of Andhra rulers, who are seeking to gain control over Telangana once again.

“We have achieved separate statehood for Telangana and liberated it from Andhra rulers after a prolonged fight for over a decade. Should we hand over our precious Telangana back to the Andhra party?” KCR asked, referring to Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu, whose Telugu Desam Party (TDP) is part of Maha Kootami (grand alliance) which is contesting the upcoming state assembly elections on December 7.

KCR was addressing a public meeting at Kosgi town in Kodangal assembly constituency, which was tense on Tuesday morning following the arrest of Telangana Congress working president A Revanth Reddy.

Reddy, who is contesting from this constituency, was taken into preventive custody on the direction of the Election Commission, as he had earlier threatened to stall KCR’s meeting.

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The TRS president said Mahabubnagar was still reeling from a drought-like situation because of local Congress and TDP leaders, who never bothered to develop the rocky terrain when they were in power in undivided Andhra Pradesh.

“After the TRS came to power, we have taken up Palamur-Ranga Reddy lift irrigation scheme to provide irrigation to parched lands. While the Congress leaders filed cases in courts to stall the projects, Naidu wrote letters to the Centre demanding that it should not give permission to the projects. Shamelessly, the Congress party has allied with Naidu, who is trying to gain control over Telangana again,” he said, vowing to provide irrigation to 20 lakh acres in Mahabubnagar district.

KCR also claimed that it was the TRS government which had provided self rule to adivasis in the state by giving them gram panchayat status. “In Kodangal alone, 41 tribal hamlets have become gram panchayats,” he said.

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KCR addressed election rallies at Alampur, Gadwal and Makthal. He asked the people to compare his four-and-a-half-year rule with the four decades-old regimes of the Congress and the TDP. “The state, which was facing severe power cuts during their rule, is now power surplus and we are able to give round-the-clock power to all sectors. If the grand alliance is voted to power, every household has to purchase a generator or inverter again,” he said.

Naidu refuted the allegations that he would control the government in Telangana, if the Maha Kootami comes to power. “He [KCR] is trying to provoke people of Telangana for his selfish political gains. It will be Congress chief minister in Telangana, if the alliance comes to power. I will be nowhere in the scene,” Naidu said, addressing an election rally in Khairatabad constituency on Monday night.

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First Published: Dec 05, 2018 07:06 IST