Mallikarjun Kharge warns Telangana CM Revanth Reddy against designs of BJP

The Congress president also exhorted polling-booth-level workers to go the extra mile as victory in an election was scripted at that level.

ByRaj Rayasam

Published Jan 25, 2024 | 10:44 PMUpdatedJan 25, 2024 | 11:03 PM

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge addresses the Telangana Congress' polling-booth-level workers on Thursday, 25 January, 2024.

AICC president Mallikarjun Kharge on Thursday, 25 January, advised Telangana Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy and his MLAs not to lower their guard as the BJP was now raring to use the investigative agencies to intimidate them.

He was addressing a conference of the polling-booth-level Telangana Congress workers at the LB Stadium in Hyderabad.

The Congress president said: “The BJP leaders are very dangerous. They will use the CBI, ED, and income-tax (I-T) agencies to create fear psychosis. But I am sure no Telangana leader would be cowed down by such threats as they are basically fighters.”

The Congress leader, praising the Revanth Reddy government, said that it was stronger than earlier Congress governments, and yet it should be very circumspect about the designs of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

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Kharge targets KCR

Lashing out at former Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao, he said that the BRS chief was never the BJP’s rival.

“He always used to support the BJP,” said Kharge, urging party workers should bear in mind that the Congress single-handedly brought down the two parties in the state.

“We will trounce both the parties in Telangana in the ensuing elections to Lok Sabha as well,” he said.

Kharge also appealed to them to work hard at the booth level as victory in an election was scripted at that level.

He said the Congress came to power in Telangana because of the polling-booth-level agents’ efforts, and that they should show their strength once again in the Lok Sabha elections.

He asserted that the Congress would deliver on all its six guarantees to the people in the state.

He said he expected Telangana results to repeat all over the country in the Lok Sabha polls, and said it was possible if the booth-level agents worked hard.

The state government was very strong in Telangana, but one should always watch out for the BJP as it was in its blood to weaken any Opposition party that became strong.

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Kharge steps up attack

The Congress president said that Modi had given a go-by to the country’s Constitution and the democratic principles on which the nation was built.

If any MP spoke in Parliament on the problems the people were facing, they were immediately suspended.

Recently 146 MPs were suspended for raising their voice on behalf of people, he noted.

He took a swipe at Narendra Modi for not inviting LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi for the consecration of Ram Lalla idol at Ayodhya, implying that the prime minister did not care even for the leaders of his own party.

“The BJP has been claiming that God is with it, but God is everywhere and in every household,” he said.

Kharge said that the Congress would confront the BJP in the Parliament session beginning on 31 January on the promises it had made to the people.

The BJP had given advertisements in the newspapers in the past detailing Modi’s guarantees, and now the Congress would demand to know what had happened to them, he said.

Neither did the black money stashed abroad come back to India nor were jobs provided to 2 crore youths, he said.

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Revanth takes on BRS

Meanwhile, Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy took on the BRS for repeatedly saying that the Congress was faltering in implementing the six guarantees, said Kharge.

He reminded the BRS that had told the people that he would implement them within his first 100 days of governance. “It has not even been 50 days now. Why the hurry?” he asked.

Taking umbrage to the BRS taunting by frequently referring to how he described himself as the head mason in an interview with a news channel, Revanth Reddy said he was definitely a head mason who was busy rebuilding Telangana, which had been torn asunder by the previous BRS dispensation.

“I will not rest until I drive the BRS out of Telangana. As the head mason, I will construct a tomb for the BRS,” he said.

He called BRS working president and KCR’s son KT Rama Rao and Harish Rao “Billa and Ranga”. The reference was to two criminals convicted and executed in 1982 for kidnapping and killing teenage siblings Geeta and Sanjay Chopra in 1978.

Revanth also referred to KCR as “Charles Shobhraj”, a part-Indian serial killer who preyed on Western tourists and was given the sobriquet “bikini killer”.

Revanth Reddy said he was waiting for KCR, who was being described as a tiger, to come out of its lair. “We are ready with a cage to trap the tiger and bury it for good. We will throttle KCR politically,” he said.

“You have only seen the first half of the movie. The second half after the intermission will begin soon. It will be the beginning of your end,” he said.

Revanth Reddy also said two more guarantees would be implemented by the first week of February, and Rythu Bharosa amounts would be credited to the bank accounts of 63 lakh farmers by the end of February.

He slammed the BRS for criticising the Congress for the delay in crediting the Rythu Bharosa funds because the regional party was guilty of delaying it.

He said the BRS government had turned the state into a heap of debts, and that the current government was trying to mobilise resources to implement all the welfare schemes despite this.