Hyderabad is not new to political parties locking horns in poster slugfests.
Ahead of the meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) at Hotel Taj Krishna in Banjara Hills, the ruling BRS took a swipe at the grand old party through posters that popped up across the city.
‘Corrupt Working Committee’
One of the posters, which called the CWC the “Corrupt Working Committee”, highlighted the pictures of 24 Congress leaders, including former prime minister Manmohan Singh, party president Mallikarjun Kharge, and top party leadership Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.
The posters feature the leaders and mention the alleged cases of corruption that they face.
At the bottom of the poster, beneath the pictures of the Congress leaders, the poster read “Beware of Scamgress scammers”.
The posters were reportedly put up across the city by the supporters and workers of the BRS.
Another poster questioned Congress leader Sonia Gandhi on unfulfilled promises and controversial statements of the party’s Telangana unit President Revanth Reddy.
It read, “Madam Gandhi, do you agree to your PCC president’s statement that only 3 hours electricity supply is enough for farmers to do agriculture? (Sic)”
In July this year, Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) President Revanth Reddy, during an interaction with the NRIs from Telangana at a Telugu Association of North America (TANA) meeting in Philadelphia in the US, reportedly said that the farmers of Telangana didn’t need round-the-clock power supply for their crops and a three-hour supply was sufficient.
‘Fooled Dalits on SC categorisation’
Another poster attacked the Congress over its Scheduled Caste (SC) Declaration. It read, “2004 to 2014, Congress was in power and fooled Dalits on SC categorisation. Now again, in the name of declaration you want to do the same?”
Another poster compared the pension being given by the BRS-led Telangana with the pension paid by Congress-ruled states. “Old age pension: Congress in Karnataka ₹400, Congress in Rajasthan ₹1,000, Congress in Chhattisgarh ₹500. KCR’s Telangana ₹2,016,” it read.
This comes as the BRS has raised questions over the the Congress’s promise to provide ₹4,000 on a monthly basis as pension for senior citizens.
Crediting Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao for the Palamuru Rangareddy Lift Irrigation Scheme (PRLIS), another poster recollected that during the Congress government, United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi and general secretary Rahul Gandhi had promised national status for the PRLIS, which KCR is scheduled to inaugurate today.
“They failed to keep their promise. CM KCR started and completed Palamuru Rangareddy project, 16 September trial run,” read the poster.
Citing a 2012 news report, another poster alleged that the then “Congress IT Minister from Warangal district could not even bring a single IT company”.
‘Posters to divert attention from real issues’
Telangana Congress vice-president Kiran Kumar Chamala told South First that the ruling BRS is adopting this tactic to divert the attention of the people from the real issues and make the CWC look like a failure.
“Basically, its the strategy of the BRS and BJP (A and B team). The CWC in Telangana is historic for Congress and the government initially did not permit us to hold it at Parade Grounds. But it has been allotted to the BJP for the 17 September celebrations as it’s a defence land. Then we asked for LB Stadium, but the state government did not give that as well. Then we asked for land outside Hyderabad, but still they did not give it,” Chamala explained.
He claimed that the Congress, which came to power in Karnataka in May this year, fulfilled all its five guarantees just in 90 days, while the BRS has not fulfilled most of its promises from its 2014 and 2018 election manifestoes.
For the first time in several years, the CWC has chosen to convene its meeting outside Delhi.
As per reports, the strategic meeting is not only designed to draft its election plans but also aims to indicate the party’s commitment to overthrow the ruling BRS in the state.