Bandi dares KTR to debate on diversion of central funds
DECCAN CHRONICLE | Balu Pulipaka
Hyderabad: The Telangana BJP has doubled down on its charges that the state government had diverted Central funds provided directly to gram panchayats, as well as those that came for the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. In the process, the party challenged IT minister K.T. Rama Rao that it was ready to prove the charges and asked him to join an open debate on the issue.
State BJP president Bandi Sanjay Kumar on Saturday said that his party was ready for a debate on central funds released to the state over the past eight years.
"We can produce whatever evidence you want in this regard. Ask your father to come prepared with his resignation letter," Sanjay said.
Sanjay’s challenge came during his address to BJP booth committee leaders at the state party office as part of the state-wide online reach out to polling booth level party leaders and workers, who came in for high praise for their work. The meeting also saw the unveiling of the ‘Saral’ app for party workers.
The online meeting saw booth committee workers from all the 119 Assembly constituencies take part and also hear a message from party’s national president J.P. Nadda on the importance of strengthening the party.
Sanjay said people were in dire straits, and that the BRS government had done nothing for them except pay pensions. "Even the so-called Rythu Bandhu assistance is not reaching the beneficiaries as the banks are adjusting the amount towards old crop loan dues," he said.
The state government was earning Rs 40,000 crore annually from liquor sales and spent around Rs 30,000 crore on pensions and welfare schemes. The government was still left with Rs 10,000 crore, he said, and asked "Where is the money going? Why is the government not disclosing details of revenue and expenditure?"
Accusing the BRS of conspiring to remove names of BJP workers and sympathisers from voters' lists, Sanjay called on booth committee members to ensure that names of genuine voters stayed on the while making sure bogus voters were removed.
"You should also ensure that BJP workers and sympathisers are enrolled in the voters' lists. Give a missed call to 63591-19119 if you need any guidance," he added.