Hyderabad: Municipal Administration Minister KTR on Sunday came out all guns blazing against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its national president Amit Shah accusing the latter of moral bankruptcy. He slammed Shah for questioning the TRS government’s decision to seek advancement of elections to the State Assembly, reminding that the BJP had a track record of rushing to early polls both in the State and at the Central level.
Exposing the double-standards of the BJP during the TRS party activists meeting of Sanatnagar Assembly constituency held at Jala Vihar here on Sunday, Rama Rao said that the BJP has no moral right to question the TRS government’s decision. He rubbished the allegations of Amit Shah who termed the advancement of elections as an additional burden on the State exchequer.
“Was it not the BJP which dissolved the Gujarat Assembly one year in advance in 2002? And then in 2004, the Vajpayee government did the same at the Centre. Amit Shah and the BJP have no ground to question the TRS government’s decision on advancement of the Assembly polls,” he said. He felt that people had lost faith in the banking system under the BJP rule.
Challenges BJP chief
Rama Rao advised Amit Shah and other BJP leaders to stop day-dreaming over their claims that the BJP was the only political alternative to TRS in the State and dared him to retain the five Assembly segments held by the BJP, in the next elections. He pointed out that the BJP could not win even a single corporator seat in the GHMC election despite presence of five sitting MLAs in the Assembly.
The Minister said that the BJP had cheated people of the two Telugu States by dilly-dallying in implementation of promises made under Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, including Bayyaram Steel Plant and the High Court division, among others. “As NT Rama Rao said, there is no nation without States and the BJP at the Centre must realise it for their own good,” he added. He said the Telangana government was implementing more than 400 programmes for people of the State.
Rama Rao stated that the BJP government had done no special favours for Telangana State. He said that with a growth rate of 17.17 per cent, Telangana was playing a bigger role in national development and only mandatory funds were devolved to the State as per the Constitution. “Despite being one of the biggest revenue sources for the Central government, arrears from funds mandated to the State are yet to be released to the State,” he asserted.
Oppn trying to disrupt peace: KTR
IT Minister KT Rama Rao accused the Congress and the BJP of making attempts to disturb peaceful and secular environment in Hyderabad. He termed the condition of Congress party as critical at both national and State levels, while doubting if BJP would be able to retain its five Assembly seats in the State.
Addressing TRS party workers at Jala Vihar on Sunday, Rama Rao termed Hyderabad as a mini-India where people were living in a peaceful and secular environment without any trouble since the State formation under TRS regime.
“There has been no discrimination over caste, religion or region. Fruits of welfare and development programmes were distributed to all eligible persons. But now, the Opposition parties are trying to provoke people on religion and regional basis,” he stated.
The Minister warned the Opposition parties that any attempts to disturb the peaceful environment, would not be tolerated by people. He rubbished any discrimination of people from Andhra Pradesh in Hyderabad and stated that all those living in Telangana belonged to the State. He stated that TRS and Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao would fear only people of Telangana State.