KCR breaks silence, tells BRS MPs to fight against transfer of Krishna project control to Centre

It was KCR's first meeting with BRS leaders after he lost the Assembly polls and met with an accident that necessitated hip bone transplant.

ByRaj Rayasam

Published Jan 26, 2024 | 8:34 PMUpdatedJan 26, 2024 | 8:35 PM

Opposition leader K Chandrashekar Rao. (File pic/Supplied)

BRS chief and former Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Friday, 26 January, asked party MPs to fight against the Central government’s move to take full control of the irrigation projects on the Krishna river.

The BRS supremo, for the first time after demitting office as the chief minister, addressed a meeting of the BRS Parliamentary Party — at his Erraville Farm House — where he asked the MPs to raise their voice in Parliament, whose budget session is scheduled to begin on 31 January, against any injustice that is sought to be done to the people of Telangana.

He said: “The BRS is very strong at the ground level. Let us fight tooth and nail. Let us not wait for anyone to come and support us. Only the BRS works for the people, whether it is in power or not.”

The former chief minister said the BRS could not remain a mute spectator if the Central government sought to take over the Krishna water release protocols and operational manual.

“I will come into the midst of the people very soon and fight for their rights,” he said.

KCR reminded the MPs that the people had pinned hopes on the BRS for the protection of their rights. “It is time for us to fight for the promises made in the AP State Reorganisation Act of 2014,” he said.

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On the Krishna projects

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, former finance minister T Harish Rao said that the meeting took a serious exception to the Congress government in the state allowing the Centre to take control of the projects.

Its officials had signed the minutes, he said adding that the meeting wanted to know how the state could transfer the projects to the Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) without first deciding Telangana’s share in Krishna waters.

He said that the meeting felt the Congress leaders were stooping to the level of using abusive language whenever the BRS raised the issue of the implementation of the promises they made to the people in the run-up to the recent Assembly elections.

He demanded that the state government implement all the promises before the ECI issued notifications for the Lok Sabha elections.

BRS Parliamentary Party leader K Keshava Rao said that they were going to raise in Parliament the issue of the transfer of the projects on the Krishna river to the KRMB.

Another MP, G Ranjith Reddy, said that the BRS would continue to fight against the Centre on behalf of the people. The BRS is Telangana’s strength, voice, and force (balam, galam, and dalam), he said.

BRS Lok Sabha leader Nama Nageswara Rao said that they would continue to put pressure on the Centre to deliver on its promises to the state, like the assurances made in the bifurcation act.

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BRS’ allegations

It was KCR’s first meeting with party leaders after he lost the Assembly election and met with an accident that caused injury to his hip bone, necessitating its transplant at a corporate hospital in Hyderabad.

KCR, who has been convalescing ever since and walking around with the help of a stick, called the meeting of the BRS MPs at his farmhouse and spoke to them.

Earlier, Harish Rao, in a message on X, said that the approval of the state government’s recommendations for filling the two berths in the Legislative Council under the Governor’s quota vindicated his party’s argument that both the Congress and the BJP were working hand in glove.

He said that the Congress government in the state was working according to the instructions of the BJP, and the Governor was acting in such a way that her actions were helping the Congress.

He recalled the Governor rejecting the recommendations of the erstwhile BRS Cabinet to appoint two persons under the Governor’s quota claiming that they had political affiliations.

However, the Governor did not find it odd to accept the recommendation of the Congress government that Prof M Kodandaram may be appointed to one of the two vacancies though he was heading a political party — the Telangana Jana Samithi.

Harish Rao said the Congress and the BJP had ganged up to harm the interests of the BRS in the state. It was unfortunate that the Governor had become a party to this conspiracy.

He asked the Governor to bear in mind that the principles of justice and those of the Constitution were the same for all the political parties. “But the Governor is discriminating against the BRS,” he said.

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KTR lashes out

Meanwhile, BRS working president KT Rama Rao told reporters that the Congress and the BJP were in league.

“Revanth Reddy goes and meets Amit Shah, and the Election Commission sends a communication the next day that the election to the two MLC posts under MLAs quota should be held separately to benefit the Congress,” he said.

“If it was a single election, the BRS would have got one seat. But as the ECI directed that elections should be held separately for both vacancies, the Congress could take away the two seats,” he said.

“Both of our BRS MLCs resigned the day of their election to the Assembly, and yet two elections were held for filling the two vacancies to benefit the Congress,” he said.