TPCC executive sets the ball rolling for preparations for Lok Sabha polls

CM Revanth Reddy urged the party to win all the 17 Lok Sabha seats in Telangana. The number should not go below 12 at any cost, he said.

ByRaj Rayasam

Published Jan 04, 2024 | 7:30 AMUpdatedJan 04, 2024 | 7:30 AM

Telangana Chief Minister and TPCC chief A Revanth Reddy welcomes the Congress' Telangana in-charge Deepa Dasmunshi at a meeting in Hyderabad on Wednesday, 4 January, 2024.

The Congress juggernaut in Telangana has begun rolling to face the Lok Sabha elections.

The Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) on Wednesday, 3 January held its first wide-ranging meeting after the party came to power in the state.

In it, leaders discussed various issues related to the pols, including measures needed to keep the morale of the party cadres up to reap a bonus of Lok Sabha seats.

The meeting was attended by TPCC president and Telangana Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy.

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Stress on LS polls

In the meeting, TPCC leaders appeared confident that there would not be any hiccups in the implementation of six guarantees that were the party’s insurance for the Lok Sabha polls.

The chief minister reiterated that under no circumstances would he let the implementation of the six guarantees go haywire.

The meeting was attended by Deepa Dasmunshi, the newly appointed Congress in-charge for Telangana, who had acted as the party’s observer in the run-up to the recent Telangana Assembly elections.

The others included Deputy Chief Minister Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka, ministers, MLAs, and DCC presidents.

The chief minister, after moving three resolutions, including the one requesting Sonia Gandhi to contest the Lok Sabha from Telangana, said that he would appoint party workers who worked very hard in the elections to nominated posts as soon as possible.

He asked the cadres to work to win all the 17 Lok Sabha seats in the state. “The number should not go below 12 at any cost,” said Revanth.

“I will have a review meeting with district-level leaders on 8 and 9 January and organise preparatory meetings from 10 to 12 January with ministers who have been appointed as in-charges for the Lok Sabha segments. I will visit the constituencies myself to study the ground-level situation,” he said.

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Revanth irate

The executive committee also decided to allot one acre of land to the party in each district for the construction of party offices.

Decisions were also made on the constitution of Indiramma committees for the effective implementation of six guarantees, the appointment of party workers to the nominated posts after the elections, and the reconstitution of the Telangana State Commission for SCs and STs.

Speaking at the meeting, Revanth Reddy burst out at the BRS for releasing a book containing 420 promises made by the Congress to the people.

He said: “Though the BRS bit the dust in the election, it has not yet learnt any lessons. The BRS leaders robbed Telangana like wild boars devouring sugarcane fields.”

He also asked the Congress leaders to rebut all the charges that the BRS was levelling against the party.

He also took a swipe at Telangana BJP president and Union minister G Kishan Reddy for asking for a CBI probe into the corruption in the Kaleshwaram project.

“We have announced a judicial inquiry into the scam and we will certainly do it. Why did Kishan Reddy keep quiet when I demanded a CBI probe earlier?” he asked.

Revanth also said the BRS and the BJP were two sides of the same coin. Together, they had robbed Telangana in the name of Kaleshwaram and did injustice to the Palamuru Rangareddy Lift Irrigation Scheme.

Deputy Chief Minister Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka said that the people were now having their first experience of freedom after the creation of Telangana, as the previous BRS government denied it to them.

“After 10 long years, the Congress got an opportunity to serve the people. Let us do it with a sense of dedication and commitment,” he said.