Revanth Reddy dares BRS leader Harish Rao to keep resignation ready, says will waive crop loans by I-Day

Former Finance Minister T Harish Rao had said that he was ready to quit politics if Revanth Reddy waived crop loans of farmers up to ₹2 lakh all at once. 

ByRaj Rayasam

Published Apr 25, 2024 | 5:00 PMUpdatedApr 25, 2024 | 5:00 PM

File photo of Telangana chief Minister A Revanth Reddy.

Telangana Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy on Wednesday, 24 April, dared BRS leader and former Finance Minister T Harish Rao to have his resignation letter ready to quit the Assembly and public life.

Earlier in the day, Harish Rao said that he was ready to quit politics if Revanth Reddy waived crop loans of farmers up to ₹2 lakh all at once. Revanth Reddy responded during an election rally in Warangal, endorsing Congress nominee Kadiyam Kavya.

The chief minister asked Harish Rao to keep his knapsack ready to return home, as he was going to waive the crop loans of famers by Independence Day.

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Revanth challenges KCR on KLIS 

Referring to BRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao defending the design of Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme (KLIS), the chief minister ridiculed the pink party chief and his nephew Harish Rao likening them to “lizards” whose tails had been cut off.

Revanth Reddy asked the former chief minister whether the was ready to come to the KLIS project site and sit for a debate on whether or not its design and execution had been faulty.

“KCR is afraid to even look into my eyes. He did not attend the Assembly session when the KLIS project was being discussed. He is now speaking to a TV news channel defending the construction of the KLIS. It was easy for him to talk like the way he did as the anchor, who put forth the question, was also on his side,” he said.

He said that after spending ₹1 lakh crore, the previous BRS government had constructed the KLIS, which collapsed like a pack of cards immediately thereafter.

Revanth Reddy advised KCR to study the designs and the execution of the projects that were constructed by the Congress in the past including Nagarjuna Sagar, Srisailam, and the projects in Mahbubnagar and Warangal districts.

The chief minister said that the BRS does not seem to get even security deposits in the Lok Sabha elections in Telangana and advised the people not to vote for either the BJP or the BRS as they always worked hand-in-glove.

“They are the two sides of the same coin,” he said and cautioned them against voting for BJP as its candidate Aroori Ramesh has a history of encroaching lands.

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Promises for Warangal

Revanth Reddy described Kadiyam Srihari as a leader of probity in public life.

“Srihari did not approach me. In fact, I sent Congress leaders to him since I wanted him to be in Congress so that I would be able to do better service to the people. His daughter Kavya, is an educated woman and would surely work for the development of Warangal,” he said.

The chief minister said that he would personally take responsibility for developing the city to meet international standards. “Warangal has the potential to become the second capital of Telangana state,” he said.

He paid tributes to Kaloji Narayana Rao and Professor Jayashankar and said that Warangal had the fortune of being home for the legendary leaders.

Revanth Reddy said it was necessary that the development should go on fast track in Warangal and vowed to get an airport and outer ring road for the city.

He also said that he would address the gargantuan problem of garbage that has worsened of late by setting up a plant that would use the trash generated by Warangal and Khammam to produce electricity.

(Edited by Shauqueen Mizaj)