Telangana lawmakers hint that KCR will skip PM Modi visit on 12 November

Lok Sabha ex-member B Vinod Kumar told reporters that PM Modi was dedicating a plant to the nation that was reopened more than a year ago.

ByRaj Rayasam

Published Nov 10, 2022 | 1:03 AMUpdatedNov 10, 2022 | 1:05 AM

Former Lok Sabha member and TRS leader Vinod Kumar. (Supplied)

It is now more or less confirmed that Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao will skip the function where Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicates the Ramagundam Fertiliser and Chemicals Ltd (RFCL) factory at Ramagundam to the nation on Saturday, 12 November.

The tone and tenor of TRS leaders’ voices are a giveaway that KCR will keep away from the function.

The TRS leaders on Wednesday attributed motives to Modi for his visit to Ramadundam.

They also said that the visit bared the prime minister’s narrow-mindedness for not consulting either the chief minister or the state government on the dedication of the fertiliser plant to the nation.

Telangana State Planning Board Vice-Chairman B Vinod Kumar told reporters in a voice laced with sarcasm that the prime minister was dedicating the plant to the nation after it was reopened more than a year ago.

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He reminded Modi that the state government had a share in the plant, and that it was supplying power and water to the factory.

Kumar, along with MLA Rasamayi Balakishan, MLCs Banda Prakash and T Ravinder Rao, and SC Corporation Chairman Banda Srinivas, said this was not the first time that the prime minister had not followed the protocol that was due to the chief minister.

When Modi visited Bharat Biotech, which was producing a vaccine for Covid-19, KCR was prevented from attending the function, they noted.

Kumar, meanwhile, said it was unfortunate that some people had been campaigning on social media that KCR would not attend the function with the intention to keep him away from it. “This is not proper on their part,” he said.

He also pointed out that the fertiliser plant, which had been shut down even before the division of the state, was reopened after he along with other MPs fought for it in Parliament when he was a member of the Lok Sabha.

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Vinod Kumar demanded that the prime minister make an announcement on the national highways guaranteed to the state in the AP State Reorganisation Act.

They were:

  1. Karimnagar-Sircilla-Kamareddy-Pitlam
  2. Karimangar-Veenavanka-Jammikunta-Takeumantla-Bhupalpalli
  3. Siddipet-Sircilla-Vemulavada-Kathalapur-Korutla
  4. Surapaka-Mangapet-Eturunagaram-Tupakulagudem-Kautala
  5. Rajiv Rahadari-Hyderabad-Siddipet-Karimnagar-Ramagundam.

He also demanded an announcement on the railway line from Ramagundam to Manuguru via Bhupalpally and Medaram. Though a survey for this line began in 2005, no one knows its status now.

He said that the Bhadrachalam-Sattupalli Railway, which the prime minister would commission on 12 November, had cost ₹927.94 crore, of which Telangana-owned Singareni Collieries Company’s share was ₹618.55 crore.