Hyderabad: Launching a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao claimed on Wednesday that he was using polarization to hide his failures and divert public attention from the real issues. Rao also announced that he would come up with an alternative program for the country.
In his closing remarks at the one-day Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) plenary, he warned the Prime Minister that he would not be allowed to continue his games to gain political ground by spreading hatred among the people.
Amid cheers from 3,000 delegates, KCR, as Rao is popularly known, said he would work as a soldier to set a new agenda for the nation.The TRS leader dared Modi to show a sector where progress has been made in the last eight years of his reign.
“Nothing has happened. GDP has collapsed, the economy is not doing well, inflation has risen and prices are rising. There are only failures but to show that something is happening thing, there are rhetoric and lies,” he said.
He said people were polarized to distract from real issues and hatred was propagated to gain political clout.
KCR criticized Modi for asking states to cut fuel taxes when it was his government that raised taxes. “You should at least be a little ashamed. How can states be asked to reduce. Is this how a prime minister should speak,” he asked.
He said that after the formation of Telangana, the state government did not raise fuel taxes except by rounding up the price once. “If you really love people, why did you raise fuel tax. With what face are you asking states to cut taxes,” he asked and alleged that Modi wanted a “strong center and weak states”.
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The TRS leader said an alternative people’s agenda would be unveiled after consulting economists, intellectuals and retired All India Service officers.
Responding to calls from TRS leaders to play an active role in national politics to bring about change in the country, he said that in the coming days a proper decision will be made on what the role of TRS should be.
KCR said a detailed analysis will be made of the national policy, how the system works, what resources the country has and how the country should move forward.
“All aspects will be analyzed and discussed for 15 to 20 days by economic experts from home and abroad. I will also invite intellectuals. Some will come from Harvard University,” he said.
The TRS chief said a meeting of 200 retired All India Service officers would be held in Hyderabad to help identify key issues to be addressed.
KCR told delegates that before undertaking any task, it wants to do a detailed analysis and come up with a plan after considering all aspects. Reiterating that India needs to get out of the routine political system, he said there is a need for structural changes and developing the right policies to ensure that the country progresses to its full potential.
“The country has water but the farmers have no water. It has electricity but the leaders are unable to provide it to the people. Basic needs like drinking water, electricity, education and health are not supported, which shows that there are big gaps in our policy thinking, development and implementation,” he said.
KCR listed the huge progress made by Telangana in all sectors. “We can dream and we can also make those dreams come true. Telangana has shown that,” he said.
Stating that India has all the natural and human resources, KCR said that if the country works hard with determination, it can become a greater economic power than the United States.
He also hinted that the TRS, with assets of Rs 1,000 crore, does not lack financial resources to play its role in national politics and claimed that some people have already come forward to donate.
“We have 60,000 disciplined workers who can contribute from 10 to 1,000,000 rupees. If I call that we are going to influence national policy, they will all come forward. If everyone gives 1,000 rupees, we can have 600 rupees. crores,” he said.
KCR has expressed confidence that the TRS will win the Assembly elections for a third consecutive term. “We will win again with a huge majority. Nobody should doubt. the 119-member Assembly),” he said in an obvious reference to the party’s signed agreement with the India Political Action Committee (IPAC) founded by election strategist Prashant Kishor.
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KCR again warned people that the lack of community harmony would have disastrous consequences for the country. He warned them against falling into the trap of those who spread hatred. “It takes a long time to build, but destruction can happen quickly.”
He criticized outfits that say Hindus are in danger. “The president is Hindu, the prime minister is Hindu, the chief justice of the Supreme Court is Hindu. Almost all chief ministers are Hindu. How can Hindus be in danger,” he asked.