Telangana: KCR is Not Chief Minister But a ‘King,’ Says Rahul Ruling Out Alliance With TRS


Rahul Gandhi addressed the ‘Rythu Sangharshana Sabha’ — a farmers’ rally organised to highlight their plight in Warangal. — File photo

Today it is said that Telangana has a chief minister, but he is not a chief minister but a ‘Raja’ (king) who does not listen to the voice of people but his own, said Rahul Gandhi

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WARANGAL – Addressing a Congress party’s rally here in Telangana, Rahul Gandhi on Friday ruled out any alliance with the ruling TRS in Telangana and launched a scathing attack on its president K Chandrashekar Rao, saying he was not a chief minister but a “king” who did not listen to the voice of people, reports PTI.

Congress leader urged people to support the Congress in the assembly elections to be held next year and said, while addressing the ‘Rythu Sangharshana Sabha’ — a farmers’ rally organised to highlight their plight, as soon as its government is formed, farm loans up to Rs 2 lakh will be waived and farmers will get right MSP (minimum support price) for their crops.

Rahul Gandhi also released the party’s “Warangal Declaration”, promising the farm loan waiver, Rs 15,000 per acre compensation to farmers against Rs 10,000 being given by the TRS government, procurement of all crops at an increased MSP and opening of all sugar mills, according to the report.

He said every word of the declaration is the Congress party’s guarantee to the farmers whom he called the foundation of the southern state.

Taking a swipe at Rao, popularly known as KCR, he said that while the dream of Telangana’s progress remained unfulfilled, only one family had “benefitted immensely” after the state was carved out of Andhra Pradesh in 2014.

“Today it is said that Telangana has a chief minister, but he is not a chief minister but a ‘Raja’ (king) who does not listen to the voice of people but his own. A chief minister takes decision after hearing out people but a king has nothing to do with democracy and does what he thinks,” he told the large rally to a big applause.

Rahul alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has an understanding with KCR and that is why central agencies such as the CBI and the ED are not going after him despite corruption in the state.

“The Congress will not have any understanding with the person who ruined the dream of Telangana, betrayed it and stole lakhs and crores (of rupees) from the youth and the poor,” Gandhi said in a no-holds-barred attack on the chief minister.

He asserted that going forward, the Congress would have no truck with the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and that the assembly polls next year will be a direct fight between the Congress and the KCR-led party.

Gandhi said any Congress person who wants an understanding with the TRS could either cross over to that party or the BJP.

The people of Telangana thought a government for the poor will be formed but it did not happen and today there is a “king” instead of a chief minister, Rahul Gandhi said.

Gandhi alleged that KCR was not listening to farmers but to his 2-3 “crony capitalist friends”.

“The person who destroyed the dream of Telangana and stole lakhs of crores (of rupees) from farmers, the poor and labourers will never be forgiven,” he said.

He also declared that when elections come tickets will only be given to those who have fought for the people and spoken up for farmers.

The Congress leader was accorded a grand and traditional welcome to the rally venue in Warangal.

— With inputs from PTI

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