Hyderabad: In a press conference held on Thursday, the working president of the BRS party, KT Rama Rao, reiterated the party’s strong position, confidently stating that they would secure 90 to 100 seats in the upcoming elections, ensuring a third term for their supremo, K Chandrashekhar Rao, as Chief Minister. KT Rama Rao demanded that both the Congress and BJP declare their Chief Ministerial candidates, dismissing any chances of the BJP retaining seats in Goshamahal, Dubbak, and Huzurabad. He emphasized that the BRS party and the people of the state were not taking the BJP seriously.
During the interaction with the press, Minister KT Rama Rao expressed his candid views on various topics. He asserted that the recent election outcome in Karnataka would not have any impact on Telangana, stating that Karnataka had ousted an inefficient government.Rama Rao pointedly criticized Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, and eight Chief Ministers from the BJP, highlighting their focus on campaigning in Karnataka despite the turmoil unfolding in Manipur. Despite the Prime Minister’s public relations efforts, the BJP suffered a defeat in the elections.
Responding to the reported statement of AIMIM’s plans to contest more Assembly seats in Telangana, Rama Rao stated that every party had the freedom to contest as many seats as they wished. Countering AIMIM Chief Asaduddin Owaisi’s remarks about the BRS government’s failure in ensuring the welfare of minorities, Rama Rao reminded everyone that Owaisi himself had praised the Telangana government’s measures for minority welfare during his campaign in Uttar Pradesh. He emphasized that the Telangana government was committed to holistic, integrated, inclusive, and balanced growth, and that the state was experiencing an abundance of opportunities.
Rama Rao highlighted the significant increase in paddy procurement this year, with already 12 lakh tonnes of excess paddy being procured compared to the previous year. He compared this to Chhattisgarh, where there was a limit of 12 tonnes of paddy procurement per acre, while in Telangana, there were no such restrictions. He stated that the government ensured the procurement of every grain produced by farmers.
Challenging BJP President JP Nadda and Congress Chief Mallikarjun Kharge, Rama Rao urged them to present a better model than the one followed by Telangana. He credited the able leadership of Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao and the stable government for attracting investments to the state. Rama Rao appealed to the people to continue their unwavering support to the BRS party, considering the successful governance model implemented in Telangana.
Rama Rao served legal notices to State Congress President A Revanth Reddy and BJP MLA Raghunandan Rao, demanding apologies for defamation in response to the opposition’s allegations of irregularities in the Outer Ring Road Toll-Operate-Transfer model. He cautioned opposition leaders against making baseless allegations and assured that the Telangana government was ready to initiate an investigation by the ED, CBI, or any other agency if necessary.
Rama Rao highlighted the need for enhancing public transport in Hyderabad and emphasized the expansion of Metro services to encompass a range of 200 to 250 kilometers. He highlighted the allocation of Rs. 1000 crore for nala development under SNDP and emphasized the need for improved stormwater drains and sewer systems. Rama Rao commended the remarkable achievements in the health and education sectors, while acknowledging that there is still a lot of room for improvement and further progress.
Rama Rao concluded by summarizing Telangana’s accomplishments over the past nine years, including the construction of the Kaleshwaram lift irrigation project, leading in per capita income with Rs. 3.17 lakh, substantial job creation in both the public and private sectors, provision of piped water supply to every household, high institutional delivery rate, ranking third in health index, and successful implementation of administrative reforms.
Telangana’s progress under the leadership of Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao has been commendable, with significant developments in various sectors contributing to the state’s overall growth and prosperity.