KTR accuses Telangana CM of focusing on elections instead of providing relief to farmers affected by hailstorm

He said that Revanth Reddy was more interested in engineering defections from the ruling party and that nothing mattered more to him now.

ByRaj Rayasam

Published Mar 20, 2024 | 4:58 PMUpdatedMar 20, 2024 | 4:58 PM

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After hailstorms wreaked havoc in parts of Telangana, BRS working president KT Ram Rao (KTR) on Wednesday, 20 March, questioned Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy on why he was remaining callous when farmers were going through an agonising ordeal.

In a message on X, the former minister asked the chief minister why he was not paying any attention to farmers recently affected by drought and hailstorms.

“You are too busy making pradikshinas around your party bosses in Delhi to know the problems the farmers were facing in Telangana. You are obsessed with elections to the point that you have no time for farmers who are crying for help,” he said

He said the farmers were ending their lives by suicide with adverse seasonal conditions causing unremitting agony to them. Yet you are preoccupied with the selection of candidates for the Lok Sabha seats.

“What does praja palana mean? Is it indulging in politics 24/7?” he asked.

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Accuses CM of avoiding farmers

The BRS leader said that Revanth Reddy was more interested in engineering defections from the ruling party and that nothing mattered more to him now.

“You have no time to decide on compensation that should be paid to farmers who are reeling under the effect of the fury of nature,” he said.

He said Revanth Reddy had so far failed in providing water to the crops which were withering away.

“Now he has no time for paying compensation to the farmers. He should keep in mind that the state where farmers go through a tough time does not progress. The BRS will continue to fight for justice for the farmers who are at the receiving end under the present dispensation,” he said.

Harish Rao seeks compensation

BRS leader and former minister T Harish Rao asked the party workers to go in aid of farmers who are affected by the hailstorms.

As soon as reports came in that a hailstorm was wreaking havoc with standing crops in the state on Tuesday, Harish Rao said that Siddipet was the worst affected area where roads, electric poles and trees were uprooted and several houses collapsed.

He demanded a payment of ₹10,000 per acre to the farmers whose crops were affected by the hailstorm.

He also wanted the officials of the power utilities, agriculture and horticulture departments to assess damages to the crops. He wanted the party workers to help farmers and lend moral support to them in this hour of crisis.

(Edited by Muhammed Fazil)