Revanth promises implementation of ₹500 LPG cylinders, 200 units of free power within a week

The Telangana CM said the other promises — made by the Congress in before the Telangana Assembly polls — would be implemented before long.

ByRaj Rayasam

Published Feb 21, 2024 | 10:04 PMUpdatedFeb 21, 2024 | 10:08 PM

File photo of Revanth Reddy.

Telangana Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy on Wednesday, 21 February, announced that two more of the six guarantees of the Congress — the supply of LPG cylinders at ₹500 each and power supply of up to 200 units to all white ration card holders — would be implemented within a week.

The chief minister was addressing a public meeting in Kosgi in the Kodangal Assembly segment in the erstwhile Mahabubnagar district.

He had just laid the foundation stones for a slew of development works, all valued at ₹4,369 crore.

These included the much-awaited Narayanpet-Kodangal Lift Irrigation scheme, which alone cost ₹2,945 crore.

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Appeal to Kodangal

The chief minister said that his government had already delivered two of the six Congress guarantees — free ride on RTC buses to women and raising the ceiling up to ₹10 lakh under Aarogyasri Health Insurance Scheme.

He said that the other promises — made by the Congress in the run-up to the Telangana Assembly polls last year — would also be implemented before long.

The Rythu Bandhu money would be credited to the farmers’ bank accounts by 15 March, he assured.

“We will implement the other promise of waiver of ₹2 lakh crop loans of farmers as early as possible,” said the chief minister.

Revanth called upon the people of the Kodangal Assembly segment to vote overwhelmingly for the Congress in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections and elect Vamsi Chand Reddy from the Mahbubnagar Lok Sabha constituency with a majority of no less than 50,000 votes.

Kodangal is part of the Mahbubnagar Lok Sabha constituency.

The chief minister said at the public meeting that the Congress had set a target of winning at least 14 of the 17 Lok Sabha seats in Telangana, and sought the support of the people for that.

“Please back the Congress for better days for Telangana, like the way you had supported the party in the Assembly elections. If you elect 14 MPs from Telangana, they will be able to fight for the state’s rights in the Lok Sabha,” he said.

Revanth said that the party workers should keep in mind that they had only a break in their work to help the party reclaim its past glory.

“The next challenge is the Lok Sabha elections. Don’t be complacent with the victory at the Assembly elections. Get ready for the Lok Sabha polls and keep the Congress ahead of others,” he said.

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Taking on the BRS

Revanth made use of the occasion to tear into the previous BRS dispensation. He also asked the people to introspect on what former chief minster K Chandrashekar Rao had done for the Mahabubnagar Lok Sabha constituency when he represented it in the Lok Sabha.

“KCR came to Mahbubnagar like a migrant from Karimnagar and sought your help to win the election in 2009, and you had supported him. The district is known from migrant labourers, and yet you welcomed him,” he said, adding that the BRS chief, in return tried to bite the hand that fed him.

Revanth added: “You all know what KCR has done for our district. He spent ₹27,000 crore on the Palamuru Rangareddy Lift Irrigation Scheme (PLIS) but could not give water even to an acre. It is nothing but a betrayal of your trust.”

He also said: “KCR arrogated to himself the Telangana movement started by your leader G Chinna Reddy and positioned himself as the one who had secured it. Under his rule, the state did not progress at all. In fact, it became much worse than when it was under the rule of the Andhra leaders.”

Revanth Reddy said that KCR, in his decade-long rule, did not complete Bheema, Nettampadu, Kalwakurthi, SLBC, Devadula, and Pranahita projects.

When the Andhra leaders were at the helm, they were wary of Telangana and even if they wanted to exploit the region they had to think twice, he said.

“After securing Telangana, KCR mortgaged the state’s interests with Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and let him construct projects which had the capacity to draw 12 tmcft of water every day from the foreshore of the Srisailam project,” said Revanth.

“KCR went to Rayalaseema and after a sumptuous lunch hosted by AP minister and film actress Roja promised her to turn Rayalaseema into a ratanala seema, which was nothing but a betrayal of Telangana’s interests,” he added.

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BJP not spared

The chief minister also lit into the BJP and said it was planning to forge an alliance with the BRS on the sly to weaken the Congress.

He said that neither party had the interests of people as its priority and that they always worked to further their political interests.

“I want to know why Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not deliver on his promise of taking up PLIS during the last 10 years after promising it in 2014 during his visit to Mahbubnagar district,” said Revanth Reddy.

“Even now, the project is a non-starter. Mahbubnagar BJP leaders DK Aruna and A Jitender Reddy owe an explanation to the people,” he added.