KCR cautions voters against walking into the trap of the Opposition parties

He was addressing a major public meeting in the Medak district two days after releasing the list of BRS candidates for the Assembly elections.

ByRaj Rayasam

Published Aug 23, 2023 | 10:28 PMUpdatedAug 23, 2023 | 10:28 PM

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao addresses a public meeting in the MEdak district on Wednesday, 23 August, 2023.

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Wednesday, August 23, cautioned voters against walking into the trap of political “charlatans” who promise the moon but leave them high and dry in the end.

He was addressing a major public meeting in the Medak district two days after releasing the list of BRS candidates for the Assembly elections later this year.

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‘Will attend to all your needs’

The chief minister said that the voters should be alert all the time. “Elect the BRS to power as it will attend to all your needs,” he said.

He exhorted them to abandon the BJP and the Congress by the wayside, as these parties did not have any knowledge about how to take the state forward. “Such parties are sure to lead the state on the road to disaster,” he said.

He pointed out that the BJP was saying that it would fix meters to the agriculture pump sets, while the Congress contended that power supply for three hours to the farm sector was enough.

The chief minister said that the leaders of Opposition parties would approach the voters with glib talk. They were like those who approach farmers and seek a fistful of grain at the time of harvesting. “Do not entertain them,” he said.

He also wondered aloud whether one should trust the Congress, which used to “throw” just ₹200 at the aged, when it says it would pay ₹4,000 as a pension to senior citizens.

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More promises

The chief minister reiterated that his government was contemplating raising the Aasara pensions, though he did not say how much and when.

“We will increase the pension. But there should be a method for it. On 16 October, there will be a huge public meeting in Warangal. Let us discuss these issues there,” he said.

The chief minister said that the farmers in neighbouring Maharashtra were impressed by the strides the Telangana government had made in land management and the removal of the Village Reconstruction Organisation (VRO) system.

“The Maharashtra farmers are also asking for the removal of the VRO system,” he said, adding that they were saying that they would elect the BRS to power in their state.

KCR also said that farmers were having a nice time in Telangana. “No farmer is dying by suicide. Their faces are acquiring some glow now. The villages now have a green cover. The movement of cars in villages has increased. This tempo should continue. We should make the state affluent,” he said.

He also said he was taking up several programmes with the intent to improve the living standards of the farmers. Prior to the bifurcation of the state, farmers were going through an agonising ordeal.

“As there was no irrigation facility, owners of land used to go to Hyderabad, and to make a living, they used to drive autorickshaws. But, after the advent of Telangana, we have taken up programmes that would help the farmers lead a better life,” he said.

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