Kharge takes on Modi, KCR over false promises at Vijayabheri meeting

Update: 2023-09-17 20:20 GMT
Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge. (PTI Photo)

HYDERABAD: Accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao of looting public money by giving false statements, AICC President Mallikarjun Kharge on Sunday announced financial assistance of Rs15,000 per farmer at the Vijayabheri meeting.

He said that Congress would encourage agriculture with necessary aid if it comes to power while telling the public that “BRS is B team of BJP”.

Addressing the gathering at Tukkuguda, he said Chief Minister Chandrashekar Rao failed to ensure development, alleging he was indulging in making money.

“When the Congress was in power, we formed a separate Telangana state for funds, water, and employment for the Telangana people, keeping in mind the sacrifices of thousands of lives. At the time of its formation, Telangana was the richest state.

In nine years of the BRS’ tenure, Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao looted money on the pretext of irrigation projects and other schemes, turning Telangana into a debt-ridden state, with a deficit of Rs3.66 lakh crore,” Mallikarjun Kharge alleged.

Reiterating his claim that Modi and Rao had a political pact, he said that they only criticised each other in public to put up appearances.

“Narendra Modi made a false statement that they would provide two crore jobs every year and bring back black money of Rs75 lakh crore from overseas.

Narendra Modi also promised to deposit Rs15 lakh to every account holder in India. Did the Prime Minister fulfill his promises?” Mallikarjun Kharge asked the crowd.

“Chandrashekar Rao is facing bankruptcy by borrowing lakhs of crores in the name of construction projects. But the Chief Minister nothing has been done for Telangana. The Chief Minister also misused the funds allocated to SC, and STs by diverting them,” Kharge said.

Kharge said that as part of the six promises, the Rythu Bharosa would ensure Rs15,000 aid to each farmer, MSP, Rs12,000 each for tenant farmers, and a Rs500 bonus payment for crops.

Stating that several projects and educational institutions in Telangana state were established by the Congress, the AICC president said that the Congress ensures food security and education by coming up with relevant laws (Food Security Act and Right to Education).

Kharge wrapped up by asking the crowd: “Will you support Congress and bring to power in Telangana?”, which elicited a mammoth response of “Yes”.


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