Congress did not take BRS money for bypoll, says Revanth

Congress leader takes self-respect oath in Bhagyalakshmi temple

HYDERABAD: Demanding that BJP legislator Etala Rajendar unconditionally withdraw his allegation that the Congress has accepted Rs 25 crore from the BRS during the November 3 Munugode bypoll, TPCC chief A. Revanth Reddy said that he was the only person who was relentlessly fighting against Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao for the last nine years.

Revanth Reddy was speaking to the media after swearing under oath at the Bhagyalakshmi temple at Charminar that no one would be able buy him and that he would never surrender to anyone in his political career. He had challenged Rajendar to come to the temple and repeat his allegation under oath to the Goddess.

Revanth Reddy turned emotional at Rajendar's remarks. "My aim is to dethrone Chandrashekar Rao from Chief Minister's post. It does not deter me that more than 130 cases have been registered against me. I will continue my fight against the Chief Minister," Reddy said.

During the Munugode bypoll, '300 crore was raked in from liquor sales and crores were spent by political parties but the Congress spent nothing to get voters for party nominee Palvai Sravanthi, who still polled 25,000 votes.

The Chief Minister had praised Rajendar in the Assembly recently, he pointed out. Rajendar was aware of the protests organised by the Congress against the BRS government. "It is now a matter of my self-respect and Rajendar must prove his charges," the TPCC chief said.

Elswhere, Rajendar responded by saying that he stood by his allegation. Political parties have spent Rs 6,000 on each voter in Huzurabad and Munugode byelections, he said.

The BJP leader said, "The Congress and the BRS will jointly contest the Assembly elections to thwart the BJP. The people will decide the fate of their leaders. I am not scared of Revanth Reddy and I think taking oath at a temple is a cheap trick," Rajendar said.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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