Telangana CM Revanth challenges KCR: Disband BRS if loan waiver promise fulfilled by Independence Day

He questioned KCR and T Harish Rao, asking if they would disband BRS if he fulfilled his promise of waiving crop loans of up to ₹2 lakh.

ByRaj Rayasam

Published Apr 24, 2024 | 1:47 PMUpdatedApr 24, 2024 | 1:47 PM

Revanth Reddy. (X)

Telangana Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy, on Tuesday, April 23, challenged former chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao and former Finance Minister T Harish Rao, asking if they would disband BRS if he fulfilled his promise of waiving crop loans of up to ₹2 lakh before Independence Day.

He was addressing an election rally at Bijinepally where he campaigned for the party nominee Dr Mallu Ravi who is seeking election to the Lok Sabha from Nagarkurnool SC seat.

He asked: “I am challenging you. I do not talk irresponsibly like them. Harish Rao has asked me whether I would resign if I could not fulfil my promise of waiving crop loans up to ₹2 lakh. But, if do, will he dissolve his party and be done with it?”

The chief minister said that he is taking a vow on Jogulamba that he would waive the crop loan of farmers.

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Promises development of Mahabubnagar

“Come what may, I will keep my word,” he said and reminded the people that the Lok Sabha election is an opportunity for them to ensure that the Mahbubnagar district is developed in all respects.

“The Congress will be in power for another four and half years. I will take personal interest to see that all pending irrigation projects are completed,” he said and took a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chandrashekar Rao — popularly known as KCR..

“If Modi cheated the people of Mahbubnagar in one way, KCR did it differently. The net result is the district remaining backwards even now,” he said.

The chief minister said that Mahbubnagar had sent its son of soil to become the chief minister. “It is a rare honour. I will work hard to ensure that I will go down in history for the toil that I am going to put in to develop the district, he said.

Revanth Reddy said that though the people of Mahbubnagar Lok Sabha constituency had sent KCR to the Parliament in 2009 although he is a non-local, he did not do anything for Telangana.

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‘KCR ignored Mahabubnagar’

“KCR became chief minister in 2014. It was an opportunity for him to develop the district which sent him to the Parliament. But he did not do it,” he said.

He pointed out that KCR contested from Mahbubnagar as he was afraid of losing the election from Karimnagar in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections.

“But he did not repay the gratitude. Even today, the Palamuru Rangareddy List Irrigation Scheme remains a non-starter,” he said.

Taking a swipe at DK Aruna who is the BJP candidate for the Mahbubnagar Lok Sabha seat, he said that the party has no base in the district.

“In the Assembly election, the BJP candidate did not even get the deposit,” he said.

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Slams RS Praveen Kumar

The chief minister came down heavily on BRS Nagarkurnool Lok Sabha seat candidate RS Praveen Kumar for joining hands with KCR after fighting against him in the run-up to the Assembly elections in November last year.

“Had Praveen Kumar remained in service, I would have made him the DGP of the state,” he said.

Revanth Reddy recalled offering the job of chairman of the Telangana State Public Service Commission to Praveen Kumar as it would allow him to provide jobs to the teeming Telangana youths.

“He declined the offer for reasons best known to himself. He then went and joined the BRS after the people buried the party in a 100-metre-deep trench,” he said.

He wondered whether he would lose the image of fighting for the categorisation of the Scheduled Caste communities as KCR is known to be opposed to the proposal.

(Edited by Muhammed Fazil)