TS Congress plans outreach to set poll agenda
Deccan Chronicle.| G. Ram Mohan
Congress leader V. Hanumantha Rao. (DC)
Hyderabad: The Congress is planning a slew of outreach programmes to take forward the agenda laid out in several declarations, with the first such event to be held at a meeting in Jadcherla where Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka will end his people’s march, former PCC chief V. Hanumantha Rao said.
Stating that Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu would be the chief guest at the event, Hanumantha Rao said: "We will highlight the farmer’s declaration resolutions like waiver of Rs 2 lakh debt. The lands given by the Congress are being taken away by the BRS."
Reiterating the party’s call for a caste-based census, Hanumantha Rao said that the demand, put forth by Rahul Gandhi, has been a long-pending one which will enable providing reservations based on the population.
"Courts have for long been seeking data on the population of BCs to decide on this issue. It was promised by BJP leader Rajnath Singh in 2018 but was not done. The BCs will veer towards the Congress because of this," the senior leader said.
"The message that this was not done despite having a BC Prime Minister will be taken to the people. The BC gharjana meet will see our CMs like Siddaramaiah and Ashok Gehlot in attendance. Nitish Kumar is also likely to attend the meet," Hanumantha Rao said.
The leader said that they will also highlight the 73rd and 74th amendments made to empower women, to induct them into politics at the grassroots level. "The failures of the BJP in delivering two crore jobs per year, failing to bring back black money and denial of reservations owing to privatisation will be highlighted," he said.
Sharing the party’s plan to reach out to the younger generation, former PCC president Ponnala Lakshmaiah said, "Many in the younger generation do not know that it was the Congress which brought computers despite fears that they will deny jobs but the credit goes to Rajiv Gandhi for bringing them and is rightly hailed as the ‘Father of Information Technology and Telecom revolution of India and architect of digital India’. Our manufacturing and governance changed for the better."
"We are enrolling the youth in Rajiv Gandhi quiz competition to highlight his achievements. We intend to take this message to the 18 to 35-year-olds who may not know these things. We are now the third biggest economic power because of his vision," Lakshmaiah said.