‘Resign as Telangana CM and contest against me in Malkajgiri’: KTR challenges Revanth Reddy

Earlier, Revanth Reddy had dared KTR to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections from any constituency in Telangana.

ByDeepika Pasham

Published Feb 29, 2024 | 7:16 PMUpdatedFeb 29, 2024 | 8:14 PM

KT Rama Rao. (File pic)

BRS working president and MLA KT Rama Rao — KTR — on Thursday, 29 February, responded to Telangana Chief Minister and PCC chief Revanth Reddy’s challenge to contest in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

At a public meeting in Chevella on the outskirts of Hyderabad on 27 February, Revanth Reddy singled out KTR and said: “If you dare, run for a seat in the upcoming parliamentary elections and emerge victorious.”

Responding to the challenge, KTR said: “If you were truly capable, you would have fulfilled your pre-election promises of waiving off farmers’ loans and delivering ₹2500 to women under the Mahalakshmi scheme.”

“However, I won’t dwell on these matters. Instead, I issue another challenge to you, CM Revanth Reddy. If you dare, resign from your positions as CM and MLA of Kodangal. I, too, will resign as MLA of Sircilla. Let’s both contest for your current seat in the Malkajgiri constituency, rather than engaging in a statewide competition,” said KTR challenging the chief minister.

“Reflect on how many MLA and corporator seats your Congress party secured in the Malkajgiri constituency — the answer is zero. I propose that we both compete: you representing Congress and I representing the BRS party for the MP seat in Malkajgiri and see who stands victorious,” he added.

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Speaks on damages to Medigadda barrage

KTR also reiterated the earlier announced ‘Chalo Medigadda‘ march of the BRS on 1 March — visiting the Medigadda barrage of the Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation project to assess its damages.

The former state minister also questioned Irrigation Minister Uttam Kumar Reddy and the government over not undertaking the repair works of the barrage,

“Throughout history, irrigation projects have undergone repairs, and no government should neglect them for this long. The primary responsibility is to complete the repairs promptly and assist the public. Did Uttam Kumar Reddy initiate a visit by the engineering department to the barrage? Are samples being collected?” KTR questioned.

“The government must release water and facilitate its flow into fields, as farmers are currently grappling with water scarcity issues,” he further demanded.

KTR also questioned why Uttam Kumar Reddy displayed such unwavering confidence in investigative agencies operating under the Union government led by the BJP.

“If he indeed has such trust, then he should also clarify whether he holds similar faith in the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the CBI,” KTR said.

The Congress has been alleging that the central agencies were targetting the Opposition leaders, especially of the Congress.