KCR predicts a coalition government after 2024 Lok Sabha polls, with BRS playing a key role

He reiterated that, it would be the regional parties which would be calling the shots in future as national parties fade into insignificance.

ByRaj Rayasam

Published Nov 15, 2023 | 5:55 PMUpdatedNov 15, 2023 | 5:55 PM

Telangana Chief Minister and BRS chief K Chandrashekar Rao on the campaign trail on Wednesday, 1 November, 2023.

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Wednesday, 15 November, made an impassioned appeal to the people to recognise that the national parties — the Congress and the BJP — would not be of any help to the state.

“The Congress is the principal enemy to Telangana’s interests. The BJP is biding its time to foment communal strife for political gain,” said the BRS chief, exhorting the voters to act with wisdom while exercising their franchise on the day of polling.

He was speaking at at Bodhan and Nizamabad as part of his series of election rallies — christened Praja Asheervada Sabhas.

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BJP, Congress did nothing for Telangana

The chief minister said neither the Congress nor the BJP had done anything for the state. “For instance, the BJP, while sanctioning 157 medical colleges across the nation, has not allocated one for Telangana.”

It did not sanction not even one Navodaya School though we had created 33 new districts, he said and wondered why anyone should support a party that was showing rank discrimination against Telangana. “On top of it, the BJP always inflamed communal passions,” he said.

He reiterated that in the coming days, it would be the regional parties which would be calling the shots as the national parties fade into insignificance.

He predicted that after the Lok Sabha elections next year, a coalition government would take over the governance at the Centre and that the BRS would play a pivotal role in it.

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‘No one discriminated against’

Referring to how Telangana remained peaceful during the last 10 years, the chief minister said it was because his government took necessary steps to ensure no religion felt discriminated against.

“We have treated all communities equally,” he said, adding: “We have spent around ₹12,000 crore for their welfare in the last decade.”

Listing out the welfare schemes rolled out in the state, the chief minister said in no state in the country, beedi workers were being paid aasara pension, like in Telangana.

He also promised new pensions to beedi rollers. “I know the travails of beedi workers. In fact, I grew up in beedi workers’ families when I was a child,” he said.

In contrast, the Congress wants to undo the welfare schemes the BRS government had been implementing, he claimed.

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Slams Congress

“The Congress says that it would disband the Dharani portal. It says it is a waste to supply power to the farm sector around the clock. In fact, it is saying that it would supply only three hours of power,” the chief minister said.

Speaking at Bodhan, he said that the Congress could not claim credit for delivering Telangana since it did it after hundreds of youths had laid down their lives.

That is the reason why the people should not allow themselves to be beguiled by the glib talk of the Congress leaders who are out to pull the wool over the eyes of the voters, said the chief minister.

He said it was necessary that the voters should make an informed decision and cast their votes for the party that was sincere and committed to their welfare.

He recalled how Nizam Sagar had been subjected to neglect under the rule of the Congress in the erstwhile united Andhra Pradesh.

“After the BRS comes to power, I will ensure that it remains full always,” he said.