Telangana govt to launch Congress guarantee of ₹500 LPG, free power supply on 27 Feb in presence of Priyanka Gandhi

The chief minister said that his government would soon initiate the process to write off the outstanding crop loans of farmers up to ₹2 lakh.

ByRaj Rayasam

Published Feb 23, 2024 | 7:36 PMUpdatedFeb 23, 2024 | 8:19 PM

Revanth Reddy said that Priyanka Gandhi will cover a wide gamut of issues that are dominating the Telangana political scene. (Twitter)

AICC general secretary Priyanka Gandhi will launch two schemes — the supply of LPG cylinders for ₹500 and free power supply of up to 200 units for the poor — in Telangana on 27 February.

Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy announced this after praying to the tribal deities Sammaakka and Saralamma in Medaram and offering jaggery equal to his weight, which is the custom in the tribal fete, on Friday, 23 February.

The two schemes were among the six poll guarantees made by the party ahead of the Assembly polls.

The chief minister also put out a teaser for the farmers by saying that they would soon listen to good news from him on their outstanding crop loans of up to ₹2 lakh.

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Praises the deities

The chief minister, speaking to reporters at Medaram, said that the Congress came to power in the state because of the blessings of the tribal deities and the BRS paid the price since it had ignored them.

Revanth Reddy said that he was attending to all promises made to the people while trying to untangle the knots that his government had inherited as a legacy from the BRS.

There is no room for doubt that the Congress would not honour its promises, he said.

“We will deliver on all our assurances,” he said, recalling how within 60 days his government had filled 25,000 government vacancies. “We are on course to fill 2 lakh government vacancies,” he added.

The chief minister recalled how the Hath Se Hath Jodo yatra which he had commenced from Medaram in February last year had yielded dividends.

“I was certain then that the Congress would come to power,” he said and pointed out that he had kept his promise of releasing ₹110 crore for the tribal festivities which he had made on the day of the commencement of his Hath Se Hath Jodo yatra.

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Slams PM for ignoring Medaram Jatara

He said he drew inspiration from the valiant struggle Sammakka Saalamma had waged against the imposition of taxes on them by the then rulers of the area.

“When repression reaches intolerable levels, leaders would be born to fight the injustice. We also fought against the dictatorial government in the state and brought it down in the recent Assembly elections,” Revanth Reddy said.

The chief minister took a swipe at the prime minister for ignoring Medaram Jatara which is considered the Kumbh Mela of the South.

“It is unfortunate that the Union government had not recognised the jatara as a national festival despite the fact that it attracts more than one and a half crore people once in two years when it is held,” he said.

The chief minister said that the neglect of the Medaram tribal fete by the Union government reeked of how partisan it is towards a tribal fete in a southern state.

“Though we had asked Union Minister G Kishan Reddy to recognise it as a national festival, he had not responded positively,” he said.

“This is not just a festival in the south. It is a festival of all tribals across the world,” he said and requested the prime minister to visit the Kumbh Mela of the South to see for himself how it was attracting tribals from far-off places.

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Hits out at BRS, BJP

Taking the BRS on, he wondered why the BJP was not acting against the pink party for its omissions and commissions when it was in power.

“We have nailed the previous government on the Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme and also acted against Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy who diverted Krishna waters to Rayalaseema when KCR was resting in his farmhouse. Though KCR had been plundering the state, the prime minister had feigned ignorance,” the chief minister said.

He took exception to the BJP demanding that the state should refer the Kaleshwaram disaster to the CBI and demanded to know why it remained silent for the last 10 years in acting against KCR and his family though the CBI, ED (Enforcement Directorate) and I-T (Income Tax Department) were at its hand.

“The Union government threw away the reports that we had submitted on the corruption that happened in the execution of the projects in the state,” Revanth Reddy said.

He alleged that the BJP was now demanding a CBI inquiry so that it could demand a cut from the proceeds of the corruption from the BRS.

“This is what a BJP leader told me when I asked him why they were suddenly demanding the transfer of the case to CBI,” he said.