Harish Rao sees ‘conspiracy’ by BJP-Congress to extend Hyderabad joint capital status by 10 years

He said when Telangana was carved out of Andhra Pradesh, Congress ignored KCR's demand and made Hyderabad the joint capital for 10 years.

ByRaj Rayasam

Published May 25, 2024 | 12:10 AMUpdatedMay 25, 2024 | 12:11 AM

BRS leader T Harish Rao speaks during a meeting of voters of the Warangal, Khammam and Nalgonda graduates' constituency of Telangana Legislative Council at Bonakalu in the Khammam district in Telangana on Friday, 24 May, 2024.

BRS leader and former Telangana minister T Harish Rao on Friday, 24 May, alleged that the BJP and the Congress were plotting to extend the joint capital status of Hyderabad for AP and Telangana for another 10 years.

He was addressing a meeting of the voters of the Warangal, Khammam and Nalgonda graduates’ constituency of Telangana Legislative Council at Bonakalu in the Khammam district.

He said that when Telangana was carved out of Andhra Pradesh in 2014, Congress, which was in power at the Centre then, ignored the demand of BRS chief and former chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao that there was no need for Hyderabad to remain the joint capital of both states for 10 years.

Harish Rao noted that KCR had back then said five years would be enough.

But the then UPA-II government did not listen to him and made Hyderabad the joint capital of AP and Telangana for 10 years, he said.

As the 2 June deadline — when the joint-capital status ends — draws closer, Congress and BJP at the Centre were now conspiring to extend the term for another decade, he claimed.

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‘Without Hyderabad…’

Harish Rao said it was necessary for Telangana to raise its voice against the injustice sought to be done to it.

“If we have to save Hyderabad, we have to ensure that BRS candidate A Rakesh Reddy wins the by-election from the graduate constituency to the Legislative Council,” he said.

The former Telangana finance minister said that if Hyderabad was allowed to remain joint capital, the state’s interests would be in jeopardy.

“Without Hyderabad, Telangana will be like a state without a head. The Telangana we had fought and that KCR even risked his life for will be in deep trouble,” he said.

The former minister also called upon the voters to teach Congress a fitting lesson for belying the expectations of farmers that it would come to its rescue with several welfare schemes.

“Congress’ days are numbered. It is almost dead. Within six months, people have understood its intentions of taking them for a ride,” he said.

“Except for free rides for women on TRSTC buses, all the talk of implementing other promises is hogwash,” said Harish Rao.

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On Congress’ ‘failure’ 

The BRS leader also said Congress had inveigled the people with its six guarantees. “After coming to power, it has failed to implement them,” he said.

“Congress had promised crop loan waivers, Rythu Bharosa, bonus to paddy farmers, unemployment dole to the youths, increase in the amount payable to aged persons under the social security pension scheme, gifting of one tola of gold to brides at the time of their wedding, and scooties for the girl students,” he noted.

The former Telangana minister said none of these promises had been implemented.

He said that people were very disillusioned with Congress, and that they wanted to see the last of its rule as early as possible.

“Congress should keep in mind that the people would revolt if it does not deliver on its six guarantees. The people have become wiser now and have understood that voting for the Congress means according legitimacy to its acts of cheating them,” he said.