Taking a serious exception to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s broadside against the family of Telangana Chief Minister and BRS chief K Chandrashekar Rao, three state ministers dared him for a debate on the development of Telangana.
Speaking to reporters at Telangana Bhavan in Hyderabad, ministers T Srinivas Yadav, V Srinivas Goud, and Gangula Kamalakar asked him to explain when Telangana had not cooperated with the Central government when the latter tried to implement welfare and development schemes for the people.
They said Modi had no right to talk about corruption since it was the BJP which always welcomed with wide open arms those who were corrupt to the core and transformed them into leaders of immaculate character.
BRS rakes up Adani crisis
The ministers asked the prime minister why he did not open his mouth on the rigging of prices of the Adani stocks at a time when the entire world sought action against the business tycoon.
“Why should Modi come all the way to Hyderabad to find fault with us? He could have done it, sitting in Delhi itself,” Kamalakar said.
They wanted to know which of the Central programmes the state had not cooperated for.
“If there was no development in Telangana, how come the state was getting so many awards from the Centre? If anyone visits any part of Telangana, the development brought about by the BRS government would be visible. He should know that it was only Telangana that is providing a round-the-clock power supply to the farm sector. Is Modi ready for a debate on the free power supply?” asked Kamalakar.
‘Why silent on Karnataka?’
Srinivas Yadav sought an explanation from Modi s to why he was not talking about corruption in the BJP government in Karnataka.
“Why didn’t Modi invite Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao when he was visiting Bharat Biotech for inspecting the vaccine manufacturing facilities? In fact, that was when the distance between the prime minister and KCR had begun growing,” he said.
He said the share of Telangana in the taxes paid to the Centre was very high and that there is an explosion in development in the state under KCR’s leadership.
“Would Telangana say no if you sanction medical colleges? You have not sanctioned the coach factory at Kazipet which had been a long-standing demand of Telangana,” he said.
‘No national status to Telangana projects’
Srinivas Goud demanded to know why the national status was not given to any of the projects in Telangana while the Centre was ready to recognise Upper Bhadra in Karnataka as one.
Let Modi realise that Telangana was on a high growth trajectory and it was the only state in India which was bagging a record number of awards for excellence in performance on various parameters, he said.
He further said Modi should know that KCR’s family is the entire Telangana and that he always strove for the development of the whole state.
He also wanted to know why the Centre was trying to privatise Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) and for whose benefit.
Gangula Kamalalkar said that in Telangana as many as 97 lakh people had ration cards but the Centre had not increased the number even by one during the last nine years.
“If Telangana is KCR’s family, Adani is Modi’s family,” he said.
— BRS Party (@BRSparty) April 8, 2023