KCR Scoffs at Very Word 'Settler'

Published: 20th February 2015 06:02 AM  |   Last Updated: 20th February 2015 06:02 AM   |  A+A-

HYDERABAD:With elections to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation and the graduates’ constituencies in Hyderabad-Ranga Reddy-Mahbubnagar in the offing, TRS president and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Thursday sought to woo the Seemandhra electorate, asserting that his government will not discriminate against them or people from any other region.

“There are no settlers in Hyderabad. My government will not show any bias against people from other regions,’’ he said at a gathering of nearly 1,000 leaders and people from Kukatpally who joined the TRS in his presence.

Rao, who is well aware of the impact Seemandhra voters in Hyderabad can have on the elections, tried to connect with them, pointing out, “Your grandfathers and fathers have come here and settled here. Whoever is residing in Hyderabad is a Hyderabadi. My native place is Medak district but I identify myself as a Hyderabadi.’’

He cited his government’s decision to accord a State funeral to legendary filmmaker Daggubati Ramanaidu, who died Wednesday, to drive home the point that he had no regional bias. Explaining that his government was chalking out plans for the overall development of the city, the Chief Minister appealed to the Seemandhras to join him in his efforts.

In the same breath, he promised to look into the problems of ‘settlers’ and take measures for their immediate redressal. “We will soon convene a meeting to discuss the problems of settlers,’’ he announced.

The Sanathnagar assembly segment under the GHMC limits might also go for byelections as sitting legislator Talasani Srinivas Yadav, who won on a TDP ticket and later joined the Telangana Rashtra Samithi, has resigned before joining the KCR Cabinet. If his resignation is accepted, the bypoll will be inevitable.


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