KCR says Congress’ days are numbered, exudes confidence that BRS will return to power in Telangana

The former chief minister asked BRS workers not to be disheartened by the electoral reverses as they were common in public life.

ByRaj Rayasam

Published Jun 02, 2024 | 7:21 PMUpdatedJun 02, 2024 | 7:21 PM

BRS chief K Chandrashekar Rao addresses party workers at Telangana Bhavan on the occasion of the decennial Telangana State Formation Day on Sunday, 2 June, 2024.

BRS supremo and former Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Sunday, 2 June, said that the days of the Congress government in the state were numbered.

Addressing party workers at Telangana Bhavan on the occasion of the decennial Telangana State Formation Day, he said that no sooner than Congress came to power than the chinks in its armour began manifesting.

He said: “Congress is not able to run the state. The power supply is a mess. Even in Hyderabad, people are coming out of their houses and are protesting against the disruptions.”

He added: “People will not keep quiet for long. They will protest. They will not listen to anyone. Even we will not have control over them if they begin revolting.”

He said current Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy was claiming that BRS leader T Harish Rao was preventing linemen from ensuring an uninterrupted power supply.

“Who is the chief minister now? Is it Revanth Reddy or Harish Rao?” he asked.

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‘The wheel will turn’

In a pep-talk at the celebrations, the former chief minister asked the workers not to be disheartened by the electoral reverses as they were common in public life.

“As a party committed to the development of Telangana state, we have to move forward regardless of whether we are in power or not. We have to work in whatever role the people give us and continue to work for their welfare,” he said.

KCR said that winning and losing elections were ups and downs in the journey of a political party.

“The wheel will surely turn once again, and when it does, we will be on the top again,” he said.

“Take for instance Congress. It lost the election in 2014 but now it has come to power. Congress anyway is not in a position to continue for long with its short-sighted and misplaced priorities and incompetence in running the state,” he said.

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KCR reiterates his role in Telangana struggle 

On the occasion, the former chief minister also recalled BRS’ journey since its inception in 2001.

“Most of you think that I had begun fighting for Telangana after the formation of the RS (now BRS). But even before that, I used to fight for Telangana’s interest,” said KCR.

“When the then TDP government hiked the power tariff for farmers, I said I would not continue in the party unless the government revisited its decision. I eventually left the party and founded TRS,” he recalled.

He said even when undivided Andhra Pradesh had Telangana Congress leaders as chief ministers, they had no freedom to do anything as they were vassals to the party high command.

In fact, only three Congress leaders from Telangana could rise to the position of chief ministers — T Anjaiah, PV Narasimha Rao, and M Chenna Reddy, he recalled. However, their hands were tied in those days, he claimed.

“After Anjaiah laid the foundation stone for Jurala, a structure came up there but it had no facility to impound water because Karnataka had objected to it as some part of its state would be drowned,” said KCR.

“It was only when I raised my voice that the then government had the project constructed with canals to irrigate the parched lands,” he added.

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‘Tide is turning’

The former chief minister exuded confidence that the BRS would come back to power in the state.

“The people were beguiled by Congress’ promises. Now they are repenting after Congress began breaking its promises one after the other,” he claimed.

“Last night, when I was returning home from a rally at Tank Bund, an auto driver came rushing and tapping on my car, saying this time BRS would come to power. People do not say such words unless they feel it in their bones,” claimed KCR.

He asked the workers to keep in mind that BRS lost the election by a difference of just 1.08 percent of votes, which meant that the party was very much intact.

BRS was born with the sole purpose of protecting the interests of Telangana, he said.

“BRS, during its 10-year rule, ensured that Telangana topped in all sectors. The people have now realised that the alternative to Congress is only BRS,” said KCR.

“When I went on the bus yatra ahead of Lok Sabha polls, I could sense their feelings. Now the tide is turning in BRS’ favour,” he claimed.

“The Mahbubnagar MLC election result in favour of BRS is a good omen. Let us see how the results of the Lok Sabha elections pan out,” said the BRS chief.

“Some surveys say BRS will win more than 10 seats and some say only one or two. Let us be ready for any result. The bottom line for the party workers is to be in the midst of people and serve them,” he said.