KTR addresses gathering at Huzurnagar, ridicules Kishan Reddy statements on finance

The Telangana IT Minister also caught up with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella to discuss everything — from business to biryani.

ByRaj Rayasam

Published Jan 07, 2023 | 3:37 AM Updated Jan 07, 2023 | 3:38 AM

KTR addressed a public gathering in Huzurnagar and met with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella too. (KTR/Twitter)

BRS leader and Telangana Minister of IT, Municipal Administration and Urban Development KT Rama Rao unleashed a broadside against the BJP while addressing a public meeting at Huzurnagar in the Suryapet district on Friday, 6 January.

During his address, he ridiculed Union Minister of Tourism (North East Region) G Kishan Reddy, who hails from Hyderabad, for peddling half-truths about the state’s finances.

“The central minister from Hyderabad says that the state had diverted funds released by the Centre. He should realise that it is the other way around,” said KTR.

He added, “By way of taxes, in the last eight years, Telangana has paid ₹3.68 lakh crore, while what we got back from the Centre was only ₹1.68 lakh crore. Now, let Kishan Reddy say who is enjoying time at whose expense.”

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Where’s the money gone?

KTR stated that the BJP was utilising taxes that the Telangana state had paid to the Centre to fund development works in BJP-ruled states.

He challenged Reddy to prove him wrong, and stated that if he did, he would resign as minister.

KTR said that the loans that the state had raised were used on development works, but asked whether the BJP had done even a single useful work for the state during the last eight years.

“The BJP government at the Centre raised ₹100 lakh crore, but I do not see any useful work being done with these funds,” he said.

He added that the BRS government was fulfilling the promises it had made to take Telangana forward on the road to development.

For people and nation 

Asserting that the BRS government was for farmers, he said that, unlike any other state, several farmer-centric welfare schemes have been implemented.

KTR said that the purpose of transforming the TRS to the BRS was to provide a direction to the nation. The name might have changed, but the quest for development, which is at its core, continues even now, he said.

The minister later grounded development works taken up at a cost of ₹40 crore at Chandur in the Munugode Assembly segment.

He also launched several works in Huzurnagar, including four bridges, a ring road, other roads, Basti Dawakhanas (health facilities) and a newly constructed ESI Hospital.

From business to biryani

KTR also caught up with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in Hyderabad on Friday.

After the meeting, KTR tweeted: “Good start to the day when two Hyderabadis get to catch up. We chatted about business and biryani. [sic]”

According to sources, both leaders discussed trends in information technology and its future.

KTR reportedly explained the state government’s incentives to those who are interested in investing in Telangana and how the state holds promise for the IT sector.

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